Tears are streaming this Monday morning in the wake of the tragic events that happened last night in Vegas. There are no words to make the pain disappear or make sense of this horrific event.
A month ago, I stood in Mandalay Bay in Vegas playing with my little family, making treasured memories, while ministering to the people of Vegas as my husband was speaking on a panel at our Vegas sister church. Being in what could have been the line of fire just 30 days prior, puts me in a panic mode. My flesh immediately focuses on myself and the fear of ever being in the shoes of those families having lost a loved one last night. (Families that live in my same community.) I have the intense desire to barricade my door, to keep the harmful world out. I want to protect my family and to do so, they can’t go out into an uncertain world.
Then God whispered so gently in my ear this morning, “Nikki, do you trust Me?”
I argue for a bit justifying that trust in God and fear of the world can operate in the same heart. But am reminded that where fear exists is where faith desires to occupy.
The Devil desires me to be paralyzed in fear, because that’s where I have the lowest Kingdom impact. In moments like today, I give in so easily.
My in-laws have lost two children. I can’t even imagine the pain they had to go through at two different times. However, they have held on tightly to Jesus through it all and have always told me to be Heavenly minded. We have to walk in the perspective of eternity, an eternity with those we love. I can’t live for the here and now but instead I need to live with an eternal purpose.
Being Heavenly minded brings hope to a fallen world. When hope is described in the scriptures it’s meaning is not some flimsy word that I can throw out in my “I hope so.” But, instead the word packs a punch, as we hope with evidence and assurance.
I have HOPE that I will see loved ones again that pass too soon. I have HOPE that God is a just judge. I have HOPE that no matter what comes my way, my God will get me through it.
God WILL prevail over this fallen world. In Him is my faith and hope. In the mean time, I choose to fill my cup with faith and cast out the fear. My mom always told me the only thing I can take to Heaven is people, which means my life, my heart, and my doors have to be open.
So today, to honor those that have lost their life and to stand up to a fallen world, I choose to love with a love bigger than myself. I choose to spread the hope of Jesus and live Heavenly minded, knowing that I am not guaranteed my next breath so make it count for an eternal purpose. I choose to shake off the shackles of fear and live for the one who gave me life.
Continued prayers are on my heart today and weeks to come for those directly affected by this tragedy. We mourn with you.