When we pray for peace we often want God to calm the storms around us. Storms swirl in our world, in our communities, in our families and we pray for God to just make these troubles go away…but too often they keep blowing their destruction on everyone and everything that is in their path.
It is a nice thought that everyone and everything would only do good things and not be hurtful. But too often that is not reality. And it can be very discouraging. It can be overwhelming. “What can I do to stop world wars, or widespread starvation, or crime waves? I’m just one person; sometimes I can’t even settle things in my own house much less the whole world!”
When the challenge seems overwhelming, we often do nothing. We try to ignore or distance ourselves. It’s too upsetting.
In those times when I seem too small for the challenge, I sense God asking me “What is in your hands? Did I give you power over storms, or ability to conquer evil empires, or make drug dealers stop taking advantage of some of the weakest on the streets?” And my reply is, “no.”
But it is clear to me that God has placed some things in my hands, so I must be faithful to do what God would want me to do.