The Storm

The office had been monitoring the risk all day and when the first super cell appeared it was no surprise to us.  We watched for a little while and began developing our ideas of when it would be nearer to us.  Late in the afternoon I finally decided to go home and prepare the family for the return trip to the church where our shelter is.  While there are those closer, the church just seemed the place to go if needed.  As the storms intensified and the circulation increased, devastation for many was on the horizon.  One after another began to pop and move through the houses and heritages of small communities.  Barns, homes, vehicles were demolished and thrown down.  Trees were mowed over like the grass on a hot day.  These monsters of nature have no malice and seek no homicide and yet it would appear they incur both.

As the helicopter touched down and the family was seen crawling out from under the rubble, tears filled our eyes.  Tears of joy for their safety and tears of pain they will certainly feel as they evaluate the physical situation.  News of an apparent missing child gripped our hearts.  Friends trapped in basements all over the state have once again emerged safe, but not so dry!  I thank the Lord God for his oversight.  I pray that His love will not be overlooked by the pain of those who have lost everything on this evening.

The Lord provides the sun for the evil and the good.  He allows the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike.

Mathew 5:45

The obvious question is “Why?”  Why should God not be more protective of His children?  Why should God allow devastation to happen?  Should we engage in futilism?  Should we simply assume that while God was highly involved in the beginning of it all He has taken a “laissez-faire” kind of attitude when it comes to personal involvement?  I think not.

Whenever we study scripture we must remember to back away from the scene and see things from a higher position.  The same is true for our lives.  We cannot become stuck in the “right now”.  We must take a broader perspective of things.  The immediate does not supersede the eternal.  The best view is from up above.  One observer on the news wanted everyone on the ground to know they would not see the tornado coming and should seek shelter based on his vision and wisdom.

How true!   God’s Word provides a perspective quite different from ours.  We see tragedy and devastation.  God sees opportunity and redemption.  We see destruction.  God see opportunity and redemption.  We feel pain.  God brings comfort which leads to opportunity and redemption.  God is in the redemption business.  The methods He employs to move us toward opportunity and redemption are much higher than ours.

6 Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call to Him while He is near.

7 Let the wicked one abandon his way
and the sinful one his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord,
so He may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for He will freely forgive.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not My ways.”
[This is] the Lord’s declaration.
9 “For as heaven is higher than earth,
so My ways are higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat,

11 so My word that comes from My mouth
will not return to Me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send it [to do].”

Isaiah 55

I can have a way of getting stuck in my selfish ways and shallow perspectives.  I can only look at the now.  Whatever the storm, God has a much different view.

Lord, let us see with your eyes.  May we hear with your ears.  May we serve with your heart.  May we follow with your courage.  Take our lives and let them be consecrated Lord to Thee.

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