2 Things to Remember When Disaster Strikes
The last few months have brought hurricanes, forest fires and earthquakes. Typically, people tend to talk about the reason why these things are happening. I have heard reasons from global warming or environmental reasons to people saying it’s nature’s way of punishing the United States for electing Trump. I’m not convinced either of those explanations have any merit. Others begin to discuss the end of the world, Armageddon and the like. So, in the midst of terrible things happening, how do make sense of what is happening? Let me give you two things to remember when disaster strikes:
1- God is still good, even when things are bad!
In any disaster, natural or otherwise, God is still good. He is still full of grace and mercy. Some folks look at life as a series of mountains and valleys. I tend to think of it more like two railroad tracks running alongside each other. While something bad is happening, typically there is always something good happening as well.
How can I look at life this way? It’s simple. I am a follower of Christ. Because of that I have hope! In Romans, God reminds us as believers, He is working all things for our good. Even when disaster and tragedy strikes, God is working the situation for my good. Why? Because He is good and He loves me.
Psalm 118: When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies…13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation
2- None of us are promised tomorrow!
I will turn 40 in January. (If you need my address to send money, I mean well wishes, you can email me.) The older I get the more reality sets in. My physical body is wearing out slowly and time marches on whether I want it to or not. As I get older, I find myself thinking more about what my life means and how it is impacting the world. While I’m busy worrying or angry over things that really don’t matter, life is happening. Opportunities are wasted. This day will only pass by once and the big question is, what are you doing with it?
So, is it global warming? Is it Trump or Obamas fault? Is it the end of the world? I have no idea! What I do know is, when disaster happens it’s a reminder to me that life is short. I need to love more, share the gospel more, stop wasting my life, cling to God’s promises, do good, spend more time with my son and enjoy this life because it is fleeting.
The next time you’re facing a disaster, natural or otherwise, remember God is still good and none of us are promised tomorrow. Live life intentionally!
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." -Isaiah 40:8