It’s been a tough few days here in the south, and yesterday was really tough here in Mississippi. One of the things that happens when you have served all over the state is you know people everywhere. So, I heard about Tupelo and I thought of friends at The Orchard and FUMC. I then saw pictures of St. Luke, where I went to meetings at all time and was stunned.
Then, I hear about Louisville, and the hospital being destroyed. I text a friend to check on him, and find out he’s busy, moving nursing home residents into his church’s gym after their nursing home was badly damaged.
Then, we hear of Brandon and Pearl, and Holly and I have family there; lots of friends. So, we are texting and calling. Trying to find out what is going on.
And here in Petal, and at Asbury, this all cuts close to home as it was this time last year we were recovering from tornadoes that destroyed so much of our town and left so many without homes.
Storms come into our lives, both “weather” related, as well as storms of sickness or addiction or tragedy. Storms come. Today I was reading from the book of Psalms, and listen to what it says in Psalm 57: 1-3:
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me.
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
In the midst of the storm, sometimes we just have to take refuge in God and just hold on. Hold on tight to Him. Trust in Him. Rely on Him. In the storm, in the darkness, in the fear, in all of it, just hold on.
The destruction will pass. The storm will pass. God will send His love and faithfulness.
And, sometimes, we are the way that He sends it. God will send help from heaven to help those in the storms to help. Maybe, just maybe, that help is from you and me. We can give or we can give. We can pray. We can serve. We can call/text. We can support.
We can do so much.
So, today, to those of us in the midst of the storm, take refuge in God. He will protect you in the shelter of His wings.
And to those of us that have made it through the storms, maybe our job it to be that help from heaven. Today, how can you help someone in the storms (either the literal storms of yesterday, or the storms that swirl around us daily).
How can we help today? How can we be salt and light today? In our day today; may that be our mission.
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