If you’re anything like me, you can’t look at pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and not burst into tears. I’m nowhere near Texas, but I do have friends and readers who live out there. One author friend posted a photo of her childhood home, part of which was elbow deep in water. I cannot imagine the devastation that flooding of this magnitude brings. I cannot imagine having to escape your home, fearing for your family’s lives, and keeping only the items you can carry – if you manage to keep them dry.
Thousands of homes, vehicles, personal items – lost.
Precious lives – lost.
I’m sure many Americans have asked, “Why?” But just like you, I do not have the answer. It’s one of those things we won’t discover until this life on Earth is over.
If you’re a Christian, though, you have hope of something better yet to come. As the song goes, ‘This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.’
One positive thing I have seen out of this tragedy is the resilience of the American people. The strength of the American people. The love of the American people. Strangers coming together to help their fellow man. Prayers offered. Donations given. Time volunteered. Togetherness.
In the midst of disaster, we can have hope. We can have faith. I can’t comprehend how some can live life without these things – without God. I can’t imagine the emptiness they must feel.
But we can find truth in God’s Word where it states, ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.’
When you’re in a long dark tunnel, you may not see the light at the end of it immediately but you know that it’s there. While we may be in a dark place at the moment, the Light of the World can sustain us if we place our trust in Him.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Romans 8:28. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’
Good will come.