It is hard to know what to say these days in our area. So many people we personally know, go to church with, go to school with, do ministry with, do life with… so many, many lives have been completly altered over the past 3-4 days.
We had a terrible storm with several days of rain. Homes and neighborhoods were flooding. People were being rescued. Then the rain stopped. And we all thought the worst part was over… Only to be completly surprised when places and people who thought they were safe began to be floodded. It is devestating. I don’t even know what to say… so maybe these pictures will help…
This is our Kohls… I know… it’s just a store – but I know those people that work there – and I know that merchandise… and I just hurt for businesses and people who have lost so much without any warning…
The Grand Ole Opry. The beautiful and historical Opry House is under water.
The incredible Opryland Hotel is under water… causing many jobs to be lost as well…
I was asking the Lord for something to help put this into the perspective of His Truth, and He led me to the little book, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. Here is the entry on April 30 – the day before this tragedy struck our area. It is a comfort to me as I watch and pray from the outside, and I pray that it will be a comfort to any who are in the midst of this (or any other) trial in life.
“When some basic need is lacking – time, energy, money – consider yourself blessed. Your very lack is an opportunity to latch onto Me in unashamed dependence. When you begin a day with inadequate resourses, you must concentrate your efforts on the present moment. This is where you were meant to live – in the present; it is the place where I always await you.
Awareness of your inadequacy is a rich blessing, training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.
The Apostle Paul put it this way (and the Message words it freshly):
“At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” 2 Cor. 12:8-10
The Lord has used this present devestation to fuel my gratitude toward Him for everything He has, is, and will do for all of us. I had been feeling a little down about our own situation until all of this happened, and am ashamed for the personal pouting I did last week. I’m so thankful that the Lord understands our weak frames, and loves us beyond anything we can deserve!
I am praying for anyone who reads this – asking that the Lord infuse YOU with His Strength, His Presence, His JOY in the midst of your day, and His Provision for your every need! He IS faithful… no matter what it looks like at the moment… He IS, HAS BEEN, and WILL ALWAYS BE faithful.
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;”
Lamentations 3:21-25 NIV
With love to you all…