Author Ann VosKamp wrote: “Without God’s Word as a lens, the world warps.”
This is true of the trite and overwhelming busyness of life and truer in the devastation of a nation ravaged by Mother Nature. Earlier this week, my kids were singing “Never Let Go” by Matt Redman, and it caught my ear.”Oh no, you never let go, through the calm and through the storm; Oh no, you never let go through every high and every low; Oh no, you never let go. Lord, you never let go of me.” Take a listen.
I am warped by the tragedy that befalls our planet every day, but He never let’s go of us, warped or not. We must place our trust in him, even in the midst of our doubt and despair. I chose a verse from Jeremiah 17:7-8 for my Week 10 Memory Verse Challenge:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Apart from God, I am warped by my hatred for the hardships we suffer on this earth. And without Him, I would miss seeing humanity covered in grace in the hours following the most catastrophic tornados in our history. Sitting on my comfy couch, munching a snack in my perfectly in-tact home, I see lives destroyed and I bear witness to the truth in Acts 14:22, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” As much as I am warped by my hatred for these hardships, I find clarity because I trust and love God more.
The storms of life and of nature cannot destroy a soul longing for eternity. Our bodies and our possessions are temporary and can be swept away and destroyed. But with our souls rooted in Christ, we miraculously emerge from the storms and struggles and losses of this life even stronger, more grateful and more loving than ever before. This is what defines a life of faith.
How are you emerging from the storms and losses in your life?