Peace in the Ripples
Not long ago, I shared about finding Peace in the Ripples of Water. My post shared how water was a peaceful and serene place that I long for in my life. The slower life that one finds around the ripples of water. Bodies of water are full of beauty and a peaceful stillness that brings the message that God is real and our creator. Isaiah 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”shares that water is a symbol of our salvation. Water is a beautiful thing…. most of the time.
Devastation of Harvey
Over the last week, everyone around the country has watched the horrors of water in Texas. This is not the peaceful stillness, but the water that left devastation and loss of life behind. My eyes fill with tears, my heart aches for the people impacted, and I pray for God’s guidance in helping those who are hurting from this disaster from water. Watching Texas rally together and fold their arms around each other for survival has been the good God has given from this devastation. Ephesians 4:32 reads, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Texans have proven this verse true. They have treated each other tenderhearted and God will save.
As Texas continues to rally and the country supports their efforts all eyes turn to the Atlantic and the biggest storm on record as it roars toward Florida. Once again we are watching people prepare, flee, and with fear in their eyes and tears on their cheek prepare for one of the possible worst events in Florida’s history. My heart is hurting as I watch that storm move across the Caribbean and devastate these beautiful islands. I pray for God to tame the storm and wind as I know he can, but I also know he may choose not calm the storm. I know that either way he will walk through the pain and heal the wounds as Psalm 147: 3 promises, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
God made a promise to Noah a long time ago that he would never destroy the way he did in the Great Flood. This is the peace that I take into the storm even as it may approach my home so many miles away from the coast. Genesis 8:20-22 shares this promise, “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
This promise will comfort me through the next week as Irma makes landfall and brings her wrath on Florida and beyond. I will look to Jeremiah 33:6 as we move past all this devastation and the angry waters recede where it reads, “Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.” God will heal and provide abundance this is the comfort I have in knowing that God is in control.
Closing Verse: Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Challenge: Pray for God’s control as Irma comes on shore. Pray for God’s healing and provision. Pray for God’s blessings amidst the turmoil, devastation, and pain. Above all Pray.