looks are deceiving

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky


(driving into Atlanta from the west / Julie Cook / 2020)

Nearly 40 years ago when I first moved away from home, having taken my first teaching position
in a small city about an hour’s drive west of Atlanta, this was the view that would
herald my return to the city.

This was the view I would see, as I crested the last hill on the interstate before I was near my
home stretch.

It is the view of the city as seen coming in from the west on 285, just before Six Flags.
It is also a view of a city that has only grown in its vista’s expanse over these
past 40 years.

And yet what a deceiving view it is currently.

This particular Sunday morning there were a few popcorn clouds dotting a sweeping blue
summer’s sky coupled with a lighter than average load of traffic—
all of which just might deceive one into thinking that everything was peachy perfect and
right with the world.

But I knew differently.

I was heading over to stay with the Mayor and Sheriff as their mom had some
appointments Monday morning–but I knew that life in Atlanta was not what it seemed
to be from this bucolic meets urban vista as seen from afar on this Sunday morning.

There had been an arrest gone bad over the weekend and once again,
there was someone resisting arrest.
This person made the decision to wrest a taser from an officer then opted to
run away while pointing the taser back at the officers, and thus…
he was shot and killed.

The choices we make can be life-altering, and even life-ending,
yet we don’t seem to grasp the severity of such choices.

Crowds once again gathered overnight, not to simply protest, but opting rather to riot–
shutting down the major downtown interstate and burning a Wendy’s to the ground.
The same Wendy’s that had been the scene of the altercation.

Police were again immediately fired—and thus so much for due process at the workplace.
And the Atlanta police chief, who had just been praised a mere week prior for her
steely approach to Atlanta’s chaos, averting catastrophe, sadly abruptly resigned.

Groups such as the NAACP cried for the white sheriff’s head on a platter.

And so I was driving and the city grew closer with each passing mile,
I wondered what sort of mayhem was now simmering in the city of my birth.

According to news outlets both local and national…Atlanta is a city on edge.
I did not see that during my stay…but then again I was watching during the day
and was not visiting downtown.

It would behoove us to always remember that looks may indeed be decieving…

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-8

15 comments on “looks are deceiving

  1. hatrack4 says:

    I will be praying for you, your family, and the hot spots.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    In beautiful America we one time knew there was an undercurrent of evil; now in beautiful America evil is riding the current. No need to hide since we now call evil good and good evil. So we now have an undercurrent of good. I still believe the good out weighs the evil, but the good is going to have to grow some boldness. I’m still “trucking” after our President, the boldest man I know. Praying that he knows his boldness is from the Lord.

  3. Tricia says:

    Due process is so passe Julie, didn’t you know? Why waste all that time and money on investigations, trials etc…when punishment to quell the mob can happen now?

    Corrupt, spineless government officials who either won’t stand up to or believe themselves what’s so obviously wrong are leading us down a bad road.

  4. Salvageable says:

    God bless you, your family, your neighbors, and all the people of Georgia who know the Lord and love his Word. J.

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    Stay safe, Julie. Rest assured I am praying for peace & protection for all. 💕 God bless you. And God bless America! ❤️🇺🇸❤️

    • Things seem to go from bad to worse…Abby and the kids had come down here for two days while they had a large pine tree cut down from the yard— once they got home this evening, the Atlatna Police precints have all walked off the job—the state patrol and the Alabama State patrol are having to step in—now they are fretful that maybe they should come back due to the uncertaintiy and violence.
      Will this madness ever end???

      • Dawn Marie says:

        Oh no, Julie! There is no other description better than that…madness. We have been listening and praying from up North. Our son & daughter-in-heart are there in ATL as well…
        I am not sure what it is going to take to get us back on track, right side up again. There is so much chaos where does one even begin? And the utter darkness…. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!!

      • They called us last night in a panic, the Atlanta Police were having a major “sick out”–leaving several key precincts totally unmaned.
        Then our son’s friend who is a state patroman in Alabama called to tell him that they were being sent in to help the Georgia State Patrol cover for the APS–and that they might consider wanting to come to us for the night.
        I reassured them all would be well—but I had that this is our world now.
        Yes—defend us St Michael!!!

      • Dawn Marie says:

        Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an end in sight either… Covering you all in prayers for safety & the wisdom to know what to do. Hugs, dear friend.

      • I read an article yesterday that these ‘vigilantes’ are now set on destroying all “white European” images of Jesus— it’s time Dawn Marie that we must roll up our sleeves

      • Dawn Marie says:

        We stand on solid rock!!! Now. And forever.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    How are you guys?

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