Storms and natural disasters have and will always be part of this fallen world’s existence. Now with the major advancement of technology, it is easier to forecast, broadcast and media blast the wildest and most opinionated predictions in real time. And, yes, there are all kinds of storms--political ones, economic ones, social unrest storms, racial storms, constitutional storms and ministry storms.
Most of the coverage you find will likely be crisis-centered, damaged, dominated and devoid of any hope or reference to God or His presence in this world. We have come to expect that from the major news and cable networks.
Even as God allows these catastrophic events in His world within His providence, He is still in control. In these times of loss, I have found a more fertile opportunity to share the gospel, hope and love in the midst of difficulties that I would love to share with you:
Over the last number of weeks, we have witnessed the force and destruction of natural disasters. In Houston, South America, Florida and the Caribbean islands there have hurricanes, fires, floods and earthquakes. There seems to be no shortage of devastation. If you were one of the millions affected by these global events, your perspective, not only on life, but the surety of property would change.
With God’s prompting, we had the opportunity to take a small team from RiverLakes to Houston and survey firsthand the reality and scope of not only what those storms did destroy, but what the storm couldn’t destroy. In much hurt and devastation we also saw a reservoir of hope and determination. Though many are still in some form of shock, many spoke of God’s presence, power and peace. As we all dug through the remnants of their most prized possessions, with tears in our eyes and lumps in our throats, we heard time and time again about their hope in God.
In Houston, like everywhere else, bad things do happen to good people. And in the midst of it all, the Son was still shining, the compassion was showing and the process of love had begun rebuilding faith in people’s lives. Psalm 127 which says, “ Unless the Lord builds the house,” came to mind. First, what it did destroy was just about everything made by man. What it couldn’t destroy was that which was made by God. So we know this for sure – all kinds of storms in life will come. Some will be brief and some will last a while. Will our foundation and principles of God need to be strengthened? Will our walls of faith need to be plumbed according to His priorities and desires? Will our roofs be a covering for His Sanctuary?