My prayer to YHWH this morning was, “God I trust you, but I must admit I’m concerned with all that’s going on.”
Please don’t flip me the religious rhetoric that if I trust HIM, I should not be concerned. Thankfully, I am one of the beings HE created, so HE totally understands the complexity of my thoughts. He can handle the fact that I trust HIM, but I’m afraid. Anywho…
So, I awoke this morning with what is becoming the usual, persistent weight of the world. There is so much going on that it’s hard to be in the world and not of it, especially in this country which has for centuries touted a certain "greatness," that appears to be not so great.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious RBG, died this past Friday night. She was a supreme court judge and one who stood for justice for all. She carried a lot of weight and was instrumental in bringing equal liberties for women and any other being that did not fit into the white patriarchy. She performed her duties justly, not perfectly, but justly.
The year has held its losses. It’s a scary time. Our constitutional rights and liberties are on the line and many of our seasoned voices of justice, truth and equality have gone on into the ancestral lineup. We’ve lost some good souls, John Lewis, Elijah Cummings(2019), Chadwick Boseman, C.T. Vivian, and this only names a few.
So, tractor girl awoke with that heaviness. The heaviness of what is going to happen to those who don’t line up with the idea of what authoritative figures of power deem as acceptable. I’m not white, nor a male, nor am I rich. What will happen to the likes of me?
I am thankful for my faith in God, for it grounds me and brings me back to center. The Spirit led me to the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings chapter six. Elisha was informing the king of Israel of the plans of attack from the king of Aram. Each plan of attack of the Arameans was interecepted because God revealed the plans to Elisha. Elisha would then alert the king of Israel. When the king of Aram found out it was Elisha who thwarted his planned attacks, he made plans to attack Elisha. The Arameans surrounded Elisha, and his servant was overwhelmed and sure that defeat was inevitable. However, Elisha proclaimed to his servant…” Don’t be afraid. For there are more on our side than on theirs.” Elisha then prayed for God to open the eyes of his servants and he saw the hillside filled with horses and chariots of fire. The Arameans were struck with blindness. Elisha and his servant were delivered.
I found comfort in these words…”There are more on our side than on theirs.” This fight of justice and equality is exhaustive and it seems that evil is winning.
But, as I reflect on all the souls that have crossed over, another scripture comes to mind.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1
As we gather our loins to continue the fight of justice and equality, we can be of comfort that we are empowered by God and surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Our ancestors, our brothers and sisters who were brutally murdered, the beloved voices that stood so vehemently for equality, truth and justice, are rooting for us to continue the fight.
The fight continues…