Fully aware of my own weaknesses, sometimes I look at the 24 hour news cycle and the life circumstances of other people and I try to imagine myself in their situation. With my glaring frailties in mind, I’m usually certain that I could never endure some of the trials that I see others walking through. Standing on top of a pile of twisted lumber, littered with all of my earthly possessions, while looking for a loved one would have to be among the very top of that list. Through the lens of my inadequacy and self-awareness, even thinking about some of the possibilities that life can offer is overwhelming and downright fearsome.
I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know that we are promised, in this fallen world, that we will have trouble. Some will have more than others. Some really good people that I’ve known have shouldered what seemed to be the heaviest of burdens and, other times, irreverent, uncaring souls appear to enjoy smooth sailing. I know the Bible verses that speak to that, but I don't pretend to fully understand it.
I also know that, in this life, we will never completely comprehend how God works. Sometimes, years after a terrible event, we can look back and see how eternal good may have stemmed from it, but, on earth, we'll never fully grasp the big picture.
That's what we can hope for the people, who have suffered loss this week by this formidable development in their lives. I pray that in the situation that they find themselves today....the one they could've not even imagined a couple of days ago....that they have found that God is already there, laying out what they need and who they need.....exactly when they need it....not only so they survive, but so they become "more than conquerors".
My prayer is that the people, who stand in the rubble of everything that they've ever known, even though there's no visible or logical reason for it......that they will experience the peace of God, the vision of better days, and the strength to trudge on and rebuild their lives.
That is the hope that God offers. God bless those suffering loss in our country.
"Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33