This morning I’m sitting on my porch watching cows and calves graze the pasture, a horse trying to push his weight around, a family of ducks softly land on the pond, and the whir of hummingbirds buzzing around (Horatio, Hortense and little Hilda Hummingbird). Today I’m thankful to be moving, to be breathing, and to be living. I am tuning the world out for the time being and listening to and enjoying God’s creation.
For the past several weeks there has been non-stop coverage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, record-breaking rains, and massive destruction. On the heels of that is the arrival of Irma, a Cat 5 hurricane to hit Florida this weekend. Mexico suffered an 8.1 earthquake affecting their largest city this week and still awaiting Hurricane Katia to make landfall in the Southern Gulf. Still out in the Atlantic somewhere is Hurricane Jose. You may be wondering (along with many others) what in the world is going on (and will it ever end)?
Big storms are ominous and consume all our attention. They remind us how small and powerless we are. God is not a storm, yet storms remind us that there are forces so much stronger than us, and a reminder that we need a God who is stronger than the storm:
“The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty” (Psalm 93:3-4).
No one promised us an easy life free from trials. If you have received such a promise and you have NEVER had one problem in life, let me know. Scripture tells me Jesus calms storms and I’m here to attest that He continues doing so every single day.
We will all get through this turbulence. We will persevere, we will help each other, we will rebuild, and my fervent prayer is we (all humans) will value life, from conception to natural death, as precious and God-given.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”