My daughter and I had the privilege of going to Virginia Beach this past weekend. I’m not a huge fan of the beach, but I realized that I was depriving my children of the experience and decided to give it another try. In case you are curious I still dislike the sandy mess, fear of wildlife and cold water crashing into me. But...I totally enjoyed watching my daughter have fun.
The ocean reminds me of God’s amazing creativity and power. Standing on the edge of the United States of America reminded me to appreciate my home. America has issues for sure but, in my opinion, it is still the best country on earth. It seemed like other folks were also feeling love and appreciation for their life in America.
People were so friendly last weekend in Virginia Beach. They seemed truly happy, as I was, to be out of the house! Restaurants were understaffed which caused delays, but people waited patiently, and servers did the best they could. People of all nationalities and walks of life were holding doors for others, making eye contact, smiling and greeting each other warmly. It felt like they were going out of their way to say, “Yes we look different, but I don’t hate you.”
Jude verses 18 & 19 tell us that “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own desires. These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” The enemy of our souls wants these divisions. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities of this dark world.
As we slowly emerge from months of quarantine, let’s not forget the lessons learned. Life is good. America is a blessed country. God made and loves all mankind. It’s the enemy who wants to divide us. It’s a spiritual battle with a spiritual solution. Pray for America and don’t take your blessings for granted.