“Acknowledge your pain and the anger, and learn to affirm yourself. Then, forgive.”
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NRSV
IDENTIFYING THE CURRENT
The “current” does not only refer to the adverb, meaning, as “I am currently reading this book” or the adjective, “This book is my current read” — referring to something that is occurring or relevant for the present or the “now.” An unidentified current is dangerous. To illustrate, the natural phenomenon of rip currents occurs in bodies of water. Annually, hundreds drown due to strong river-like channels of water that pull swimmers away from the shore. Rip currents are potential sources of danger for swimmers in shallow water with breaking waves in the seas, oceans, and lakes, and they account for about 80% of rescues that beach lifeguards carry out.31 Swimmers are not pulled underwater. Instead, they are pulled out from the beach into deeper waters.
The Danger of Currents
What is the most dangerous thing about currents? It’s the fact that you don’t know you’re swimming in one until it’s too late. The best tip is to escape from rip currents is to swim parallel to the beach. Once you’ve gotten out of the current, it’s when you start swimming again to the shore. Initially, it would help not swim directly to the beach, as the current will pull you out into the deep. In real life, realizing you are stuck in a current allows you to do what is necessary to escape it.
Even society, in general, can get sucked into a “current,” which can ultimately kill something in this generation. Often, people go with the flow, even if the flow is destructive or unproductive. If we do not understand the current of fatherlessness, we won’t just suffer from fatherless children, but the ripple effect of this epidemic is dangerous for society in general.
Unfortunately, it is the current that protects the status quo. It can come in the form of a fixed tradition or a legalistic, out-of-date system that no longer serves its purpose. The current holds people back from creating transformation. There is a need to recognize what is currently going on in the country regarding fatherlessness. Otherwise, it would be a silent killer for the nation.
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