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As a Christ-follower, I'm watching events in wide-eyed wonder

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like I’m living in Alice’s Wonderland. Things that made sense a scant year ago no longer do. Common ethical rules such as honesty and integrity in leadership positions no longer apply. It seems everyone I look at has a question mark, or several, floating above their head and a variety of pressures are eating away at the healthy social fabric of this country. Each day another newscast, another newspaper, another neighbor brings another round of uncertainty to light. It’s enough to make a person turn off the TV, radio and computer and paint the windows white.

Strangely, I am not frightened. I have lived my entire life waiting for these days. So instead of painting the windows white and making believe it will all go away, I watch these rapidly passing events in wide eyed wonder. That’s because my walk of faith is plowing back through time to the first and second century when the early Christ Followers were not the believers of today, but rather, Jews who had accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah and soon coming King. They were living in equally troubled times but with a sense of anticipation. I align myself more with them than not. Because of this different focus, I tend to look less at world or even United States developments and more on what Israel is up to; more to the point, Israel’s relationship with the rest of the world.

I am amazed by Israel. Despite the massive dispersion of her people she has managed to keep her language and her culture intact. She found herself back in her native land not because of the kindness of Britain, but rather as a solution of sorts. She was given the worst part of a partitioned piece of land and she made the desert bloom again. Against all odds she has never lost a war she has been driven into since her birth in 1948. And in 1967 she took Jerusalem back. This is a bone of contention, I know, but I am amazed that she did it in the face of enemies much larger than herself. How did she do that? It turns out she was able to do it because she is, in fact, the chosen people of God. This is not about religion, man’s attempt to reach God, but rather the history of God reaching toward man. It happened. It is happening. Israel is like a timepiece of God as she moves along the timeline he has set in motion. Moving right alongside is her Messiah, collecting to himself all who will place their trust in him.

I am a Christ (Messiah) Follower. It is no secret that I believe the Holy Bible to be the divinely inspired word of God. I believe it is truth in its entirety, alive and working, and as such is a guide I can trust in these troubled times to both live by and gain strength from. The Bible tells us that these uncertain and dangerous times will come but it also tells us about the love of God for a people he chose to bless, and all who follow Messiah, Jew or non-Jew, are invited to be a part of that loving relationship by placing their trust in Christ.  

Within the confines of this relationship I find peace because God’s word has already told me the world will turn upside down in these times, looking a bit like Alice’s Wonderland. He has been honest with me. And like Israel, I can safely trust in the Lord to both keep and sustain me.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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