I have never claimed to be a writer. That really isn’t what my blog is about. It’s about equipping parents with tools and ideas that inspire better parenting. However, I feel like I have created a platform. When tragedies strike and while I am trying to process things, I feel like it might be helpful to speak out and give my own personal reflections on the tragedy. I am no pastor nor a theologian, but I have been given a great responsibility in blogging, and I want to use it wisely for those seeking answers during this time.
The images and stories that are coming out of Moore, Oklahoma are heart breaking. To see the devastation and imagine the loss people are feeling right now makes us all take a step back and evaluate life a little closer. So many people wonder, at times like this, “Why God?” I too wonder. I know the creator of the universe could have stopped this tragedy from happening because He is all powerful. Why would he allow it? I don’t know. I won’t ever know or understand this side of heaven. Faith doesn’t come easy to me, and I admit that trying to understand these times is challenging. I trust that the, “..the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom…” 1 Corinthians 1:25. Through the study of apologetics, I have come to trust the Bible and believe it as the Word of God. Therefore, I’ve chosen to put my faith in God’s Word even when it doesn’t all make sense to me.
Because of my faith in the scriptures, I do know some things. I know that in the midst of storms, He is there. Yahweh, the creator of the universe, cares deeply about these people whose lives are affected by this tragedy. He has promised to be there amidst the storm. 1 Chronicles 28:20 says, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.” Jesus urged people in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The Lord never promises that we will will have a life free of tragedy and storms – quite the opposite actually. We will suffer in this life. He does offer Himself in the midst of it all. Jesus was a man familiar with suffering, and despite His place in glory, He can reach down and relate to the pain. He was a suffering servant who wants nothing more than to have us draw close to Him for compassion and strength.
I know a lot of us feel helpless right now because Oklahoma may seem far removed. However, we are not helpless. Prayer is a powerful thing, and that is something you can do right this moment to have an impact on the lives of people you don’t even know. We are also called to comfort others. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 We are called into actions during these times (all the time, actually). We are called to comfort and offer support. Matthew 25:31-46 clearly shows that when we take care of the suffering, we are taking care of Christ himself. It is the call of Christians to show Christ’s love in tangible ways…during tragedies and during every day life. We need the light of Christ entering into the lives of the people devastated by tragedy to make eternal impact. How can you be a light? How can you get your kids involved? How can you be the hands and feet of Jesus? It can be time to get really creative or it can be time to just step out in faith and take care of those in need. It may come as a sacrifice to you – a sacrifice of time, money or both, but we are called to sacrifice. We are called to take up our cross daily and follow. It is time for us to do God’s work on this earth. We can use this time to have people doubt God or put their hope in Him because of the actions they see in the lives of Christians wanting to love people radically.
Friends, take heart among the storm – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the OKC food bank
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 gives $10 to disaster relief
- Text “STORM” to 80888 to make $10 donation thru Salvation Army
- Donate to World Vision Disaster Response
- Give to the BCGO Disaster Relief Fun
If you would like to know more about making a decision to follow Jesus, let me know, and I’d love to talk with you about it further.