Here is the question that has been running through my mind: How in the world am I going to focus on things excellent or praiseworthy the day after countless lives were devastated by the tornadoes in the Midwest?
As I try to find the balance between pretending it didn’t happen and gorging myself on images of destruction and grief, I keep thinking about these people and wondering how on earth they can handle it all.
The only way I have been able to wrap my mind around it is to think about my friends who have all recently gone through tragedies of their own. Their stories didn’t saturate the news channels and pictures of their darkest hours weren’t plastered all over Facebook, but their lives were turned upside down in one way or another.
And so how do they handle it?
All they can do is cling to the Lord and trust Him. My dear friend who lost her husband shares a story of unimaginable peace, comfort, and strength as she said “see you later” to her best friend.
The family who lost their precious son found strength and comfort in the Lord and are seeing their grief being used to bring others into relationship with Jesus.
My other friend who is caring for his wife as she battles cancer knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not alone in the battle, and that the Lord is with them.
During this unimaginable time in their lives, they draw near to Jesus and he is giving them everything they need. They are seeing Romans 8:37-39 being played out before their eyes: “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.”
They are more than conquerors.
And so that is how I pray for those in Oklahoma – that they would know the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, and that He would give them the strength and peace that only He can bring.
Please join me in praying.
See you tomorrow.