Things are a bit scary right now. Not just for Texans and Floridians. We’ve all been touched by the reminder that this life is very temporary, and also very fragile.
There seem to be too many questions. Too many uncertainties. The hows and whys and whens of what in this world could God possibly be doing? But in the midst of this chaotic atmosphere of nuclear threats, civil unrest, and catastrophic storms, there has been an overriding simplicity of what I DO know about Father God, and His heart.
1. His plans are that He would draw all people to Himself.
2. Those plans are always higher than mine, and His goals and purposes are infinitely more important that what I dare to perceive my dreams and desires to be.
3. He is always trustworthy, and He doesn’t lie.
4. Difficulty, pain, and struggle is meant to do something to our souls. It draws our eyes away from vain, selfish pursuits and stirs us to focus on that which really matters –> God, eternity, His plan in and through the pain, and how we can serve others in our knowledge of that.
5. The world does not revolve around my good and genius plans. Sometimes we are brought to a place where we see how insignificant we are in light of how huge the suffering in this world is —> which always brings me back to a place of awe and wonder that He knows the ever-changing number of hairs on my head, and that His thoughts for me are more in number than the storm-ravaged sand by the sea. Humbling.
6. When the dust settles aka when the hurricane stops… when the sun breaks through the clouds and we are finally able to assess the aching situation… all that really matters in that moment is where we stand with God, and in turn, how we can then love and serve others.
Brothers and sisters, God is not asleep. He is not off on a weekend holiday because He needs a break from us and our problems.
He is sitting upright on His mighty throne, alert and in complete control of all things…with ear tipped and heart open to the sound of our prayers.
God, may Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33