Here we are in mid-December and it feels like Spring in Iowa. On Wednesday, we had several schools cancel early due to high wind warnings. Some friends jokingly said they never got out of school their entire academic career for strong winds. But blow, it did. Its not so much the straight winds that could blow trucks and busses over, but also the potential for some strong storms. Several people I know are without power, but we didn’t receive the brunt of the storm here. There were also tornadoes across several states, but nothing compared to last week across the South, where the death toll is 80 and counting, just in Kentucky. While we may count our blessings, it is heartbreaking to hear the stories of loss and devastation following disasters like this. What is your response when people are impacted from traumatic events?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
It doesn’t take long watching the news to hear some bad news. Maybe not bad for you, but bad for someone. We still have people dying from a viral pandemic, whether they believe it is real or not. There are millions on the brink of starvation because of collapsed governments. Terrorists are seeking to kill, steal, and destroy us. Rumors of war can be overheard. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and storms can leave many devastated. There are many things that can cause us harm in a lost and broken world. But is there hope? Is there hope in a baby born over 2000 years ago? Is there hope in people being selfless to help when they see others in need? There is hope, and that’s often how we get through trials and difficult times when others lend a hand, or a dollar, or some encouragement in times of need. Who was last there for you when you were in a state of despair or frustration over a difficult situation?
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
So, when bad things happen to good people, to all people, and to you, and they will, what will be your response? You can think back to trials you have already endured, to those loved ones you have lost in this world, and to any number of difficulties, and yet you are still here. Some may say, “God isn’t finished with me yet”, and He isn’t as long as you can take a breath. But what will you do with these opportunities we have been given. When disaster strikes others, most of us want to help in some productive way, but often feel at a loss of what to do, or even what to say to others. Just offering your help is encouragement to know they have a resource. Even being a listening ear or praying with them can help them work through their thoughts and feelings, and may be the best way to help at times. We often want to fix things, but sometimes we can’t do that. Sometimes only God can fix it, or help, if we allow Him to. May He guide you in all you do!
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Yours in Christ,