More…more incomprehensible news!
More unthinkable challenges for law enforcement, more inconceivable sorrow for the dead’s loved ones, and more realities and lies we would rather not face!
What can I do ? The fear is pushing on my heart’s door.
I want to give clarity to every officer in the moment of decision.
I want so badly to take away the sorrow and grief others are feeling.
I want to take away the innocent’s shock and wondering.
I want to take away the warrior’s wives’ loneliness and despair.
I want to shut the mouths of race baiters and those who think they know how things should be judged, NOW.
But i…i am not God.
I read these verses this morning and I have read them over and over today.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
Only the chapter before I read …
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
Lord, may this apply to me and mine?
What can I do?
Recently the opportunity to attend citizen’s police academy presented itself, and while I have only attended six hours of instruction, the feeling that my maxim of rising “to praise a good God in spite of incomprehensible responsibilities and sorrows” has an exactness that even I did not know when I wrote it down.
In my notes of police history and chains of command, I struggled to shorthand all that was being said of insupportable crimes and incogitable situations in which officers must work and succeed. The perfect intent of internal affairs and most departments, yet the often imperfect execution of policies which fall short of the unimaginable consequences of people’s sin had my safe, homeschool mama mind drowning.
I determined right there that I was going to persistently pray for my husband, his peers, and his department.
For my own reminder, I put down, “Take joy in the ordinary days, they are safe and more available to praise God . Build up a store of memory in these easy days so that in the hard times the remembering of good things will come more easily.” Not sure why that came to mind except, my experience at home is guarded and routine, I know how change can come in a moment... The moment you read a news article, the moment you read ignorant comments, the moment you find out how their day went. I am constantly trying to learn and analyze as the wife of a law enforcement officer. I realize what a difference a day can make.
Those hard days come more regularly in this secular culture. They come more regularly in my husband’s line of employment. I want to know what can I do?
The Bible is full of answers for me and you.
# 3 things you can do
#1 Join others in prayer
If you are not consistently praying for government and local officials, you have no place to complain or criticize.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. I Timothy 2:1,2
#2 Show support and thanks
#3 Seek out opportunities such as attending a Citizen's Police Academy, or a ride along to understand your local law enforcement.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
When the days are anything but ordinary
And the praise is caught in our throats
The sobs cover all, and strength is so small
God can still be magnified in us.
When trust in the Lord is your all
Through implausible shock and awe
When the loss feels too great,
Yet you know you can’t hate
He can still magnify himself to us
He wishes to give in the moment we live
The hope, the strength, and the joy.
So push through and sing and it will eventually seem
As though nothing was the matter at all.
Through prayer He can heal and with praise He can seal
Our eternity and anything.