I can remember when I was a boy, my mother would let me, my two brothers, and my friends get on our bicycles and we would ride around the area all day long it seemed. Having a multi-speed bicycle meant you really had something of which to be proud, but we were glad to get anything because it was all better than walking. We would ride for miles away from our homes in our little pack. We never encountered anyone from whom we had to flee, or be afraid of anyone near us. Across the road and up in the woods, we used our hatchets and cut down small trees and built our own little cabin to camp inside. We would find four trees arranged as close to a square as possible and then nail our trees up the side to make the walls. The roof and door took the most time to build. All of this was done on someone else’s land who never cared nor worried that a lawyer would ever be a problem from someone getting upset. There was trust and faith in others that was present because we hadn’t had it dashed to pieces yet.
I feel really sorry for those children who grow up today never having a chance to exist in an innocent time. I think that those days are presently diminishing. Parents of today can hardly afford to let their guard down for a moment because of fear of who lurks around the corner. Children are now kept close at hand at all times. The children are now told of all this possible evil that might befall them and are left with anxiety in its place.
In days past, that are not too long ago, I can remember when the local daily newspaper would come in the afternoon and the 6 p.m. evening news for thirty minutes would suffice for us to know what was happening. During the days in which we are living now, that is increasingly less local, one news article after another tells us repetitively, like a machine gun in rapid fire, of what is happening around us all of the time. Instead of us knowing what we need to function in our immediate surroundings, we are flooded with information that we have to sift through and decide whether it impacts us or not, and then decide how we are going to respond. How we respond to this barrage of information overload is crucial to our health, physically and spiritually, and to our community, to our nation, and to our world. We all do influence each other more than we think we do. We must willfully limit what we put into our minds and choose to focus on what is good. I have found that many who are suffering from anxiety have a habit that they might not recognize of critically focusing on what is wrong and negative; to counter this, one should choose to retrain the mind into a different habit by making oneself find two positives for every negative allowed into the mind.
Instead of seeing only ruin coming upon our nation and evil flourishing around us, letting anxiety become a greater problem and having innocence replaced with fear, we also have to remember whose children we are and He has not forgotten, nor is He asleep, nor does He have His attention turned to other matters. Those who serve the one, true God, will never be disappointed in the end, nor do we have to be overcome in the present. We can rejoice and be glad now because of the hope that we have ahead of us during trying times. We can know that God will protect us as we seek to accomplish His will for our lives. If we truly have the faith to know these things, we will be able to fly as the eagle because God will give us the strength to soar above it all and be more than conquerors for Him.