World Without Wars

I am undone…

Broken…

Face down on the floor…

Soaked carpet…

Pleading with the Lord to come soon and to put an end to all evil… put an end to human suffering… put an end to wars… put an end to tears… to deal with the father of all the evil now…

“Today would be nice, Lord!” I cry out…

Perfect timing: this Sunday’s service message… straight to my broken heart…

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“Do not fear. You have an amazing Dad who cares about you. One who cares about you so much that he wants to hear about your fears and your desires, although he already knows all about them…”

Just like the earthly father who loves his daughter and wants to hear all about her fears and desires, although he already knows them…

He wants to hear your thoughts.

This is my Dad.

He loves me unconditionally. Whether I am weak or strong.

And I feel so weak right now…

So utterly weak, that I just want to give up…

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I have flashbacks to the time when my family was running away from a war zone.

And I still have occasional nightmares.

A bullet hitting me as I am running away…

Worse yet: A soldier with a blank face killing my parents and my younger siblings…

The most recent ones are about my children being murdered, as similar soldiers with blank faces make me watch…

I have memories of my mom and dad hiding us in a crawl space underneath our small house and giving us instructions on where to crawl, (a small opening in the basement to outside), in case a shell hits our house.

Shell sounds, artillery gunfire sounds…

Being woken up in the middle of the night by our parents to pray… pleading with Jesus not to allow the soldiers (standing in the front yard) take our shelter and use it for their military base…

Overhearing my mom’s fears about her daughters being raped by the released prisoners who were set free for the sole purpose of gaining more military power in numbers…

Having to say goodbye to my father while boarding an evacuation bus because only women and children were allowed to evacuate…

Seeing the desperation in my sweet mother’s eyes as she was saying farewell to the love of her life, not knowing if she will ever see him again…

Remembering her resolve to keep all of her seven precious children safe as we navigated through the unknown and difficult roads to a safe place…

(Mom, if you are reading, know this: You have taught me more faith in those moments than ever before… and I pray to have the same kind of faith no matter the circumstances…)

faith-612460_1920Memories of my 3 year-old brother almost getting trampled to death by adults, desperately rushing to board a Red Cross ship and how God Himself intervened to save him…

Remembering the sounds that would make me jump with fear although we were already in a safe zone…

Involuntarily running to hide under my bed upon hearing the sounds of fireworks during our first Independence Day celebration in the US…

Finally… the dreams…

They have been less frequent over time. But an occasional dream still brings back a flood of memories…

The news stories covering conflicts/wars in different places around the world. Pictures and videos of war zones in Ukraine…

And I think about all the children who were not so fortunate as I and my younger brothers and sisters…

I think about the children who will have a much more deep and severe psychological trauma…

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We were able to get out within a week of the start of the war in Georgia.

What about those children who did not have a chance to get out? So many lived there for weeks and months… So many lost limbs… So many were left as orphans…

And so many are subject to the horrors of war and violence in places around the world today…


I am so desperately in need of my Father’s comforting hands…

I am desperately in need of his Word and its power to heal and comfort the heart…

And this is what I read in his Word:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4

“The evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” Psalm 37:9

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“Every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 9:5-7 

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid
.” John 14:27

Thank you, Dad… Your Word brings comfort and peace to my heart and soul…

While the entire world is going down in shambles… While there seems to be no end in sight… Your Word remains true: a time is coming when we will live in a world without wars, sorrow and tears… Instead, we will laugh and dance with joy, honoring and worshipping you for all that YOU have done!

What are your fears and desires? Bring them to the only one who has power to give you comfort and peace. He will take care of everything by his own perfect will.

Have faith…

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