To prove my point, we have to go no further than our own homes. Natural disasters, rampant shootings, transportation accidents. Can any of us really claim we live safe lives? After we pick up the broken pieces of an economic recession or the death of a cancer victim, we realize all too quickly that our security doesn't lie in the stock market, our retirement accounts, or in our homes. As we watch the aftermath of the Connecticut shooting, we come face-to-face with our own fragility. Our life is short and can be taken from us at any time.
Followers of Jesus are never called to safety. Listen to the words of Jesus: "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Jesus doesn't guarantee our safety - in fact, quite the opposite - but He does promise to be with us...wherever we are. In fact, if we find ourselves "safe" or "comfortable", it may be time to reevaluate our lives.
So to all of you who worry about us, thank you. But please don't. We are doing our best to follow G-D wherever He leads, and for now, that's Israel. Maybe in six months it will be Connecticut, or Littleton, or...or something totally other, like the Polynesian Islands. Perhaps more importantly, where has G-D called you? What is He challenging you to do? Where is He challenging you to go?
I like this video of Francis Chan because it helps put things in their proper perspective. Please watch the video, and may G-D inspire you not to live a life of safety, but of sacrifice. Perhaps you will then be able to say, like Jamie's grandfather told us in the last few days: "I'm not concerned about you; I'm excited for you!" What a blessing.