As the stock markets swing in wild variations, it is easy to feel stunned. No action seems to have a logical foundation. Nothing seems to be following a predictable pattern. Irrational logic seems to be the driver of random movements. If this was the only bit of chaos in our world we might be able to set it aside. For many, the reality of losing or potentially losing one’s job is an unmovable cloud. Relationships are under stress. Children and parents are asking questions that have no obvious answers.
In moments of wonder, an emotion that is mixed with surprise, awe, and another intense emotional reaction within, what does one do? Are there truth-based principles that can guide us? Are the options within our grasp limited by our well of emotions? Can we move forward with any degree of confidence?
I believe the answer, in all situations, is yes. We do have principles that can guide.
When everything hits, we can move to places of relative safety. By safety, I am not suggesting that there are safe harbors where no financial losses occur. Rather, we can find refuge in the safety of family, friends, and communities that care. Others have shown that this works. For example, Peter responded to a moment of wonder, as he “still shaking his head, amazed, he went to Mary's house, the Mary who was John Mark's mother.” (Acts 12.12)
We can practice accepting the present reality, understanding that the most relevant question is found in the now. Our past is used for education, nothing more. The future is shaped by our present. What will we do in the moment we have?
In every moment, we hold our gifts of freedom. We hold the opportunity act, moving intentionally with a goal of making the world a better place. These are moments filled with wonder. Often I find myself filled with wonder, fear, and uncertainty. It is in these moments that Compassion, Mercy, and Love give me courage. We have the opportunity to be God’s hands and voice in making a difference.