We woke up this morning…and the world had changed. Again. The news is all over social media and some stations are still covering live feeds. Current head count…58 dead. Over 500 wounded. In Las Vegas…just 6 hours south of me. Where my husband and I went for our honeymoon weekend just 4 months ago.
Sometimes This Weighty Crazy Life is far more weightier and crazier than any one of us would like it to be.
At this early point, they are saying the shooter had no affiliations…politically or spiritually. That he’d never really stepped a toe out of line. Yet this man checked into the Mandalay Bay Casino & Hotel last Thursday…and waited until last night…where he opened fire on 22,000 people with over 10 guns.
Like shooting fish in a barrel.
I’m beyond clear there was planning and premeditation. I’m also beyond clear that the man had SOME form of motivation or end game. Some intent will be found in the coming days…whether it’s a vague terrorist link, or a vendetta against country music, a statement against the President or the state of our nation, or just that his mind had somehow taken a left turn and his actions were completely “normal” to him in that state of mind.
I’m also beyond clear that we will likely never know the true answer at the core of the choices that were made, leading to Sunday’s tragedy.
But what I DO know…is that while it’s absolutely senseless on the surface…God’s hand is on this moment in time. Psalm 73:26 (niv) says “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”, while Joshua 1:9 (niv) directs us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Humans are surprising in both their strengths and their weakness. Our news is littered both with the heartwarming stories reminding us to have faith in the human race, as well as the heartbreaking stories like this one. While we shouldn’t put on rose-colored glasses and forget that evil does indeed show up in any form…we need to choose to embrace the ones which uplift us and remind us just why God created Adam in the first place.
The phrase has become common place…pretty much done to death in social media terms, yet it still hold true in all moments. This is where we reach out beyond ourselves…be the amazing humans God created us to be…and be the change you want to see in the world.
Surprise someone today…CHANGE THE NARRATIVE FOR. THE. BETTER.
Hand someone a smile they desperately need to feel. Gift someone a moment of joy or peace. Give out kindness and gentleness of spirit like there’s a massive surplus of it and it’s on sale for pennies at the overflowing warehouse. It honestly simply starts with you. With each and every one of us. Create a new wave of something beyond beautiful and change the world for the better.
And do it…now.