Yes! Injustices Do Exist!
“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.” (Psalm 40:4 NIV).
Sometimes, after a holiday of any kind people can have a “drop” or “low” in their focus, mood, attention, feelings, and even outlook on life. I compare holidays to eating sweets and chocolates. You can get a super “high” and enjoyment from eating your favorite treat followed by a low. To me, that’s how holidays can be. You love having them, but the next day you can be reminded of all the “injustices” and “wrongs” in the world…A high followed by a low.
That’s what happened to me today. On yesterday, I so enjoyed being with two of our daughters and four of our grandchildren to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. But, this morning I was reminded of those who were not with us to celebrate. The ones who for one reason or another weren’t available. Another year. Another holiday. Another time within our lives that can never be gotten back. So, I tried very hard to focus on the good time and the ones I was with and tried very hard not to focus on the ones who weren’t with us.
As I was struggling with these different feelings and emotions, I made a trip to the WalMart. That’s when and where God spoke to me. You have to realize that God can speak when and wherever He so desires; even in the parking lot at WalMart!
I had finished my shopping and was pushing the cart out to my car. The weather was beautiful and I was trying to soak in the sun’s warm rays. When suddenly an older model van came soaring passed me so close that I could have kissed the side panel had it not been moving so fast! As the van’s wind whipped across my face I guess it brought me back into the focus of the moment. Whew! That was close I said to myself as I looked across the aisle at an elderly black woman and either her daughter or care giver alongside of her. The younger middle-aged lady nodded and smiled. I said, “Wow! That driver was really going way too fast for a parking lot. This isn’t a race track.” She responded, “Oh, I thought it was only us. We’re used to that sort of thing.” I realized immediately that she was making a racial comment, but it also struck me that she faces adversities and people’s injustices everyday of her life. Actually, she had become so apparently acquainted with the many injustices in life that the speeding, zooming vehicle had not even broken her stride or concentration. I thought to myself, “As Christians that’s how we should always be. Not allowing the injustices in this life to break our concentration and focus on God!”
I turned to see the speeding vehicle make a wide, wide turn and pull into a handicap parking space. Why not? The young female driver “leaped” out of the car with a large tote bag purse and effortlessly made her way inside the store. If she was “handicapped” there were no obvious outward signs. And, she was certainly not having any problems pressing down on the accelerator! I then turned back to the lady and said, “There sure are a lot of injustices in the world.” She smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; I see them every day, but the Lord is always good.” I smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; He certainly is.” From that point we both made our way to our cars and unloaded our bags. But, the whole experience seemed to speak to me.
As I was driving out of the parking lot, I felt the Lord speak to my heart. “I am aware of ALL the injustices in this life. I know those who are mine, and those who are not.” Then, all of a sudden my “blues” and “woes” dissipated. God had gently reminded me that there will be a payday some day and for all who have been unjustly treated or mistreated God will kindly recompense. That’s when I pondered the fact that we, especially as Christians, shouldn’t allow certain holidays or times of the year to affect our lives because things aren’t the way we may perhaps wished they were. Many people, worldwide and of all races, face great injustices everyday; not just holidays or certain times of the year. So, I told my “blues” goodbye and put all of the “injustices” in this world into God’s hands. After all, isn’t HE the only ONE who can do anything about them? Not we ourselves!
Sometimes, we need to be reminded that God is good 365 days out of the year. Mankind has made calendars and placed holidays within its pages. If God is good on Sunday; he will be good on Monday. If God is good on Easter Sunday, he will be good the next day as well.
Yes; it’s hard when our feelings get hurt by other people’s actions or lack of. It hurts when people you love let you down or let you know in no certain terms that they’d rather be somewhere else than being with you. But, God is always with us; no matter the day, the holiday, or the year. He wakes up with us, and He stays right beside us all through the day; even as we sleep. Children of God are never alone.
Yes, there are injustices in the world…And, they will continue being with us until the Prince of Peace returns to set up His kingdom to rule and reign forever on planet Earth. We can rejoice every day that there is one very JUST GOD, and His name is Jesus. May He fill you today and every day with HIS unconditional, most just, and faithful Love. In His Name; every day, all day… Amen. “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.”
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author