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October 30, 2012
In the brink of Hurricane Sandy, I couldn’t help but think about everyone affected by this terrible storm.
Power completely out.
Hospital patients had to be evacuated.
The streets completely out of service as thrashing waters make them look like long-time rivers.
Innocent lives taken.
There is something about being in the midst of a crisis, or even watching one, that makes you completely re-evaluate your life.
You become thankful for simple things, like water and bread.
You hold on tighter to your loved ones, realizing that this life here is not promised.
Life just seems more precious.
Gratitude seems more necessary.
Why does it take a crisis to remind us of what our priorities are?
I’m really not sure why. Maybe because we are forced to move forward so quickly so we slowly forget the lessons of our past.
It is during times like this morning, as I review pictures of the destruction caused by Sandy as I sit in my cubicle with nothing in my life affected by this storm, I really start to wonder how people live without Jesus.
Jesus allows us to have faith beyond reason.
He allows us to rely on the unseen instead of the seen.
His plans for our life on not based on our faithfulness or what we deserve, but rather how much he loves us. Which is so, so, so much.
FAITH. Forsaking All, I Trust Him.
How do people face storms in this life without having Jesus as their lifeboat?
As I think back on tragedies I have faced in my life, Jesus was the only reason that seemed to keep me waking up in the morning. Understanding why was simply not possible. My heart felt as though it had literally been ripped from my chest.
But somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, I heard him say…
“Beloved, do not focus on the storm. Keep your eyes on me. Hold my hand and I will wade through these waters with you.”
I am so thankful that our God is greater than earthly logic. He is greater than it all.
Our physical possessions can be stripped from us.
Our lives can be put on “hold” in the world but He holds time in his hands.
My friend, do not rely on the temporary circumstances of your life to provide an eternal resting place. I pray that no matter what storm comes in your life, that you are anchored in Jesus.
Completely, absolutely WRAPPED ALL UP IN HIS GOODNESS
Jesus, thank YOU so much for everything that happens in this life. My prayer for today is that we all may look to you as our lifeboat.
When the news and the reports voice that we are helpless, may we find our hope in you.
When our possessions are washed away by the tide, may we remember that we are rich in Your name.
When fear is in our hearts and life seems to be falling apart, may we KNOW the resurrection that takes place in Your presence.
And no matter what, Jesus I pray that we know You are real, You are working and You are always good.
In Jesus name, Amen!
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You, I praise god for what He has promised.” –Psalm 56:3-4
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