When I think about the evil and the world today and consider what terror is - I see it as evil that doesn't have a "face to name." While we do label the evil we see in the news today in numerous ways: ISIS, racism, guns, religious extremism, etc. there doesn't seem to be a specific name, a specific place or a person "to blame." While in the past, we were able to name and target evil, for instance saying "Hitler" we knew if we could take him down then the majority of the issues could eventually reach a resolution. But now, as we awake each morning, holding our breath to see if and where tragedy has hit and through whom, there does not seem to be a specific evil that we can unite together, attack and eliminate.
This has caused me to stop and reflect on God and His ways. Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven as a mustard seed - it starts small yet it grows. Our world looks for and asks for leaders who dominate, take over, lead. But God approaches leadership in the opposite way - discreet, with time, allowing roots to grow deep, being established and then emerging in such a way that there is stability, strength and protection. In addition, He is well aware that His kingdom currently coexists with evil and for now He allows this. Understanding this should help us not to be overwhelmed, in despair or without hope.
Instead, we should recognize that we are set-up precisely in the way that God intended and that we are the carriers of His kingdom here on earth. While we can't pinpoint these atrocities to one face, what we do see through the news are individuals. Individuals who worked jobs, were married, went to school etc. People who rubbed shoulders with others on a daily basis. This world is full of individuals who need to not only hear about the truth of God's love but need to see it, feel it and receive it. The way this is done is through His individual children seeing, hearing and providing the reality of that love. This is the kingdom way.
My prayer is that we as the body of Christ, would not lose hope in the light of terror. That we would not be confused, overwhelmed or at a loss for what our role is today. That we would be faithful to our call to love and would open our eyes to see that the very individuals we interact with on a daily basis, whether through work, at home, in the grocery store etc, are the very human beings whose lives we touch and spread the seeds of His kingdom. May His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.