Change is difficult, but constant change is intolerable. Conflict is everywhere and it's being intentionally fueled. Why? What is the purpose of no-stop conflict in every area of our lives? Distraction. But what are we not seeing while we are reeling from the constant change? It's the same answer that has led to many evils: Money and Power.
There is a saying, "He who has the money, has the power." So, when you look for who is controlling the purse strings and you'll find who is calling the shots. I see this in abusive family dynamics where the breadwinner makes all the demands, limits the choices of others, and then blames them for their own suffering while justifying the abuse.
The world stage is following this abusive dynamic as well and it's having a damaging trickle-down effect on everyone.
Single moms make up a large percentage of the people who are losing their jobs. Nurses, teachers, and front-line workers are being sent home with no severance, no benefits, and no plan how they are going to feed their babies. This is an atrocity! I fear that more and more families will end up homeless on the streets.
Schools blame parents and call those who complain, "Domestic Terrorists."
Children are being sent home from school, but schools have limited homeschooling support.
Children are suffering from all the push-pull of conflict, and no one is offering any tangible solutions.
Employers can't find workers because they would rather stay home.
Employees who want to work are being unfairly terminated.
Services are being cut because there are not enough workers.
Unemployed workers are coming to therapy to try to figure out how to move forward with their lives.
This means more working-class people have less and less money and resources. Thousands of people have lost their health insurance when they were terminated. Livelihoods are being destroyed in the name of securing safety for others. The innocent are being victimized and the guilty are laughing all the way to the bank.
Ultimately, the changes that are being put in motion have one objective: Money and Power. When you don't have the money you need for your daily necessities, you may begin to feel powerless. When you have lost your ability to earn a living, provide for your family, or plan for your future, depression and hopelessness can settle in. It's easy to get stuck in a rut you didn't make. And once you get in there, it can feel like the walls are closing in on you. The only way out is UP. Who is giving you a hand-up not a hand-out? Who is on your side? Who is truly giving you encouragement, not just platitudes, prayers, and passivity, but who is truly there to help? Even when everyone else has abandoned you, God never will.
"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”