| from Sherri Seligson |
Some mornings I am afraid to look at my phone when I wake up. Do you know what I mean? Each day, the news seems to be more and more overwhelming. Continuous scrolling headlines report devastating weather, unsettling political disagreement, shocking cultural commentary, and horrifying violence around the world. Sometimes I just cannot process it all.
Ecclesiastes sums it up well. “All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Eccl. 1:8-9
There is nothing new under the sun. That actually grounds me. Most folks find hope in many other verses, but this one in particular is my “go to” when I feel like things are spiraling out of control.
You see, control is a big deal. We all like to be in control. We want to feel in charge of things so that everything will be OK. But when it comes down to it, we really don’t have control over anything, do we? We cannot control if we get sick, if we lose a job, if a tornado threatens, or even if there will be toilet paper available at the grocery store. But we don’t like that. You see, most of us have never lived in a world where there was not at least a semblance of things being in order. Our grandparents did. They endured wars, threats, loss, and hardship. And if you go further back in history, you see a common thread of folks facing similar challenges.
That’s because we live in a fallen world.
But God has always been in control. He is ever-engaged and upholds all things in the palm of His hand. Col. 1:17 “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (my emphasis). That brings me comfort.
So even when I do not have a handle on what is happening, I can be assured that God does. This is not new to Him. This is not something unprecedented (I am actually getting tired of hearing that word). Indeed, nothing is new under the sun.
And God is fully, wholly, and intensively in control of His plan for His people.
Your children need to hear this. They are more aware of what’s going on than you know. And if you are feeling apprehensive about things, you can be sure they are, too. So engage with them. Carefully ask questions about what they have heard regarding news topics. Do it during a comforting moment, perhaps during a meal or after reading time. They need to know they can talk about their concerns with you. And bring them to God’s word when it comes to answers. You don’t have to know every answer, but you CAN know that God loves them, loves you, and has a plan for your family, no matter what challenges might be ahead. That is our comfort.
In Him all things hold together. He will be with us and uphold us through everything that is new to us because nothing is new to the author and creator of the universe.
What are some questions you could ask your children today that would spark discussions about what’s going on in our world? Boldly start the conversation. I realize that it might get uncomfortable, but it is important. You’ll be strengthening relationships and fostering comfort because your children know they can come to you with their hurts and concerns, just like you can go to your Father in Heaven with your hurts and concerns.
It’s OK to open your phone and read the news…God’s got this.
Sherri Seligson is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom and marine biologist. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation Science Curriculum, Instructional Science Video Series, and many other publications. An international conference speaker, Sherri encourages moms and teaches families the value of studying God’s creation. You can connect with Sherri at www.sherriseligson.com.