There are a few things that I think I need to get off my chest. One of them is how sensitive I am to world news.
Over the past few days I've been struggling to come to terms with what happened in Norway and the reactions of commentators to it. I have pondered this issue at some length and come to the conclusion that whereas most people are regularly exposed to this kind of thing through media reporting I am not, it has a very profound effect on me. Kind of like someone who never drinks alcohol and then is given a big glass of Brandy mixed with Coke. They get very, very drunk. Or like someone who has stopped smoking for a long time and then has a cigarette, it knocks them for a six.
I get the impression that people today are exposed to so much horror through the media that they have become a little blasé. Sort of like the story of the frog in cold water that, as the water heats up to boiling point slowly, thinks everything is OK until it dies by boiling. I think that I'm a little like the frog that is dumped into already hot water and jumps out. Quite frankly I don't like this pot of hot water and so choose to remain in my nice cool pond.
How did I come to hear about this tragedy so soon after it happened? A friend of mine needed to send an e-mail urgently and since he uses yahoo for his e-mail opened it on my computer. This is the same friend who rushed me off to hospital for treatment for my flu, shortly after sending his e-mail, because I was in such a bad state. Some time during the night I got up for a drink of water and found my computer still on opened to yahoo news and there it was.
Anyway, I think I should keep away from world horror news, I'm not desensitized enough.
I know that God has a plan for everything that goes on here under the sun and I know that Jesus is the answer for anyone who is hurting, but sometimes seeing things from a distant location does leave us feeling a bit horror struck. It makes me want to jump right out of the pot. So no more news for me thank you very much, just one day at a time in the world that I have come to be a part of, God's world.