We rise this morning with the illegal referendum in Crimea looming. We view maps of the placement of Russian troops and consider the possibilities. We wonder what other nations will do to help. We wonder what Russia will do to hurt. We have watched in horror over the last months as inhuman actions have played out on the stage just miles from our home. We have read the security reports from the Embassy and other organizations. We have evacuated to London for two weeks to wait it out and see what was next. We have dreamed about violence. We have dreamed about peace. We have watched. We have waited. We have heard our friends and family saying, “Come home.” And our hearts have answered, “But, we ARE home.” We have talked. We have listened. We have prayed.
I wish I could tell you that in our hearts we have all the chaos and the conflict worked out. But we don’t. We feel torn. On the one hand, we are home. On the other hand, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to go back to the United States?” We have certainly made plans, just in case. But we hope, “just in case” doesn’t happen.
Today we wait. Not to see what Russia does. Not to see what happens following the illegal vote. But on the Lord.
I must admit, that scripture comes alive during times like these. I’ve read Psalm 20:7 my entire life. Today I stand and declare that we will trust in and boast in the Name of the Lord our God. Not in armies or nations.
I have read the promises in Psalm 37 over and over again in the last weeks and months. I have been reminded by the Lord that these promises of peace and inheritance of the land may happen on earth, but, in reality, His promises are eternal and if I never see these promises fulfilled here on earth, I certainly will when Christ returns. I/we have a tendency to think about time as it is confined to our world and of lifespan. God simply doesn’t think that way. His time is on a different scale. An eternal one.
Do I hope that we see peace and rest here in Ukraine? Absolutely! If we don’t, does it mean that God is not keeping promises? No, absolutely not!
Today we pray. Today we wait. On the Lord. The Maker of Heaven and earth.
Blessed be His Name.