On the Roman calendar, Idus Martias, or The Ides of March, was a date generally corresponding with our date of March 15, though on occasion the “Ides” has fallen on the 13th. Either way, it is considered to be a fateful date indeed. On March 15th in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated, at the foot of a statue of Pompey where the Senate was meeting. Before Caesar went to the theater of Pompey to attend the Senate meeting, he had been given advice by a soothsayer not to go; however he did not listen…
Because I follow the truth who is Jesus Christ, I am not given over to superstition. I view The Ides of March as being tantamount to the nugatory celebrations of Halloween and Valentines Day. Still, this March of 2012 has been a time of high anxiety around the world.
Gas prices have been rising, the American and European economies has been seeing slow but steady erosion, and Israel is feeling the stress to stand up for its survival in the form of a likely and soon attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rightfully believes he does not need an “okay” from the Obama administration to carry out those attacks. Concurrently, Israel has been subjected to nearly a week’s worth of rocket attacks from the Gaza strip, and in that he makes an accurate Iranian connection. In a speech to parliament on Wednesday 03/14/2012, “Gaza is Iran” Mr. Netanyahu declared. He accused Iran of arming, financing and training Gaza militants, and giving them their marching orders.
Tension levels are high this March and Americans are feeling an increasing strain and overburdening. Life for too many is becoming an unaffordable proposition, and yet this life must be lived out until its end date; a date that we are not given the authority to decide.
The challenge is to not be given over to the spirits of anger, distress, and depression that are on a rampage this March. We must know that we need to make it safely and sanely into April, God willing. April showers will bring May flowers, and like those May flowers the spirit of hope can bloom and blossom in the gardens of our souls.
The peril out there is increasing, but no matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, don’t ever lose hope. This message was written into a fiction story, but it can be non-fictional factionality. That hope is more than fantastic and phantasmagorical, and can in fact be tangible. Never mind the Ides of March as they will pass onto a new and brighter era…
…”Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” – John 14:1-4