It’s first thing in the morning and I’ve already glanced at Facebook on my phone. I stare in disbelief that it doesn’t matter what time of day it is for strong opinions and words to fill my page. My head begins shaking wondering how, why and what, if anything, will change.

I find myself in this place of unbelief these days. My head seems to be in perpetual motion as I shake it over and over at the news. Where do you find yourself in this messy world of social media?

I search for truth and it ends up getting lost in the many versions surrounding us . My heart hurts at the callousness and disregard for all people groups. I go to my default and try to carry the burden on my own as if it is mine to carry. The burden weighs me down and my ability to make a difference fights for strength underneath the weight of it all. Instead, I look for a way to sift through the masses of information hoping to make a difference.

In this space of unbelief, I see a country overcome by anger, ugliness, hatred and their own versions of truth. I grasp for a secure place to land knowing that love and peace is only found in the One who bears the scars that freed us from sin and hatred two thousand years ago.

I turn to God, the Great Sifter. He gently sorts through the anger and ugliness and balances it with His truth and grace. God filters pieces of His love through our everyday. He desires to show us that we can hold onto Him for everything. I am learning how to counteract my unbelief with my belief in God. When I openly receive all of God’s love, I see how His truth outweighs and out shines the world’s version of truth.

One of our greatest desires is to belong and to be known. We spend so much time searching for the perfect friend or perfect group to belong to and give up what is right in front of us. There is this belief we should choose sides because it gives us purpose and credibility in a world crying for both. We seek for our voice to be louder. We then overshare on social media in the hopes we are heard. While we are shouting, our voice ends up competing with thousands of others and we work toward standing out. The process motivates us to go bigger each time without thinking of what others may think. Our conviction spreads through every avenue available and becomes unbelief to people like me.

The gentle reminder that Jesus will never leave us as orphans speaks truth into our need to belong.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18

When the world’s burdens are too heavy, remember the Gospel is light.

We all yearn to belong and lift our voices in a cry for identity and worth. God calls us to find the voice that speaks love and hold it as our own.

When we feel isolated and strive to be heard, God reminds us we are not orphans. He always hears us and will never leave. 

May we center ourselves in grace and truth as we journey through each day. May God be our sifter as we find the truth in the muddiness of social media.

Sabbath blessings friends!

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