Much of our world knows nothing of hurricanes – but for those living in their paths, be they in America or the Philippines or wherever – we know the aftermath. This time I’m calling it the After-Matth-ew.
South Florida, where I live, is no stranger to hurricanes – and lots of ‘fun’ tropical weather. Twelve years ago four hurricanes made landfall in Florida within six weeks. There was after-Charley, after-Frances, after-Ivan, and after-Jeanne. Frances and Jeanne made landfall right where I live.
Weather events, blizzards or cyclones – are memory points. Times we mark and say ‘before this’ or ‘after that’. But the storms of life do the same, ‘before Alzheimer’s’ or ‘after heart surgery’.
During these times we often feel helpless – because we are, in ourselves.
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 NIV) That is as true of us today as it was 2,000 years ago when our Savior lovingly looked at the weary.
He sees you and me, He sees we are harassed and helpless. But we are not without a Shepherd. Because of bottomless compassion, limitless love, and ultimate power – Christ gave everything for us. So that as we are battered through the storms of life our reality is: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19a NIV)
This is truth, and truth sets us free. No more guilt ridden thoughts of ‘if onlys’ – no sleepless nights of ‘could haves’. Freed to share our hope – secure in His everlasting arms.
So what do we do in the aftermath of life’s storms? How we answer that question determines where our help comes from. Will it be self? Or will we surrender day by day to the One who is our strength? “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NIV) Love this song… (here’s the link if the clip below doesn’t show up for you: https://youtu.be/-sx8wTnnfSc?list=RDwRJZQFRyZ6s )
PLaY CReaTivEly WitH YoUr LiTtLe OnE
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Oh yes, this is a truth God has been pressing into my heart over and over again lately. Thank you for sharing, Paris. I’m glad you are safe. That was quite a storm and I know many are still w/o power. God bless!
Me too 🙂 He has to keep reminding us, but He is oh so gracious to do so. Blessings to you as you walk in hope and in His presence…