In the White House, they call it the news cycle. On the TV, they call it breaking news. In the human heart, these predictions create sheer panic. Yet there is a greater revelation in of all the natural disasters and it hit me like a lightning bolt this morning. I was watching a clip from Steve Hartman on CBS Evening News about how we went from rioting, protesting, hating each other one week to rescuing, serving, saving one another the next week.
Then I recalled this photo circulating on social media.
This is the wonder moment. Me and my praying friends, and I am sure you and your praying friends, have been asking God to do whatever it takes to bring peace. I have been releasing the Shalom of Heaven over the violent mood of our country. And suddenly, our differences have turned from throwing words and punches to throwing prayers and supplies.
Has God used these natural disasters to bring about the prayed for perspective shift?
I understand if you are living through and after these catastrophic events, it is hard to imagine celebrating or lifting up praise. Yet my friend in Houston confirmed the shift saying there is an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Even more, she said, once they started reconnecting with the rest of the world and heard about the devastation in India and surrounding areas, she and her community were humbled all the more realizing it could have been so much worse. “Even with the destruction, we were still blessed,” she said.
Now with Irma, the forest fires, the Mexican earthquake, and other life altering circumstances, can we or will we maintain our confidence in a good God?
He is NOT bringing judgment. That is Old Testament rhetoric that has no place this side of the cross.
What we can see all through the Bible however is a God who is our “ever present help in time of need.”
This morning as I rejoice that Irma has reduced from Category 5 to 4, I am still praying for the storm to move, subside, or shift. I am still believing for rain. I am still believing for comfort for Houston and other affected parts of the world.
And. My spirit has paused to thank God for reminding us of who we all are. Human beings. Each and every one worthy of love and dignity. Maybe, just maybe, God has answered our prayers by showing how valuable life really is.