Hurricane Harvey has come and gone, leaving a path of destruction that will take years to recover from.  After tearing through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is expected to be here this weekend.  Jose is just a little farther behind, moving across the Atlantic.  Hurricane Katia has its sights on Mexico.  It can be a little overwhelming, can’t it?

The perception for us, even though we are far from the path of these storms, is that we are under attack.  We feel helpless as we watch live storm coverage and see the post-storm carnage.  We all want to help.

In most weather events like these, we are reminded of the destructive force of nature.  We hear stories of heroism and tragic loss.  We see pictures and video of utter despair and get glimpses of hope.

In all of the chaos of times like these we are reminded of the scriptural references of the presence of God:

Psalm 18.2: The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Then, just as now, God’s people faced huge adversity.  They faced the storms of life with an understanding that God was present…even in the midst of the greatest storms.

That is the wonder of it all.  In these tragedies, we sometimes get a glimpse of what living out the Gospel really looks like.  People reach out to each other and help.  Basic needs are met.  People seem to care.  And once again, for the most part, faith in humanity and the power of the Spirit is visible.

The main thought is that whatever storms come and go in our lives, we don’t face them alone….we have each other.  So we don’t lose heart, because we are all God’s children, and we are called as followers of Jesus Christ to reach out beyond ourselves with love and care for all!

Peace,

Gary