Happy Sunday! I hope y’all are having a fabulous weekend. I’ve loved catching up on my sleep! Today I’m sharing another “Scripture Sunday” post, you can find my last sixteen here. I hope you love today’s volume as much as I loved writing it! I’m talking about seeing the good in the seemingly bad created by God. As always, if you’re offended by Christianity, feel free to continue scrolling through my blog until you find something that strikes your fancy. Enjoy!
Psalm 121:2; My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Odds are you’ve heard about the hurricanes. Harvey, Irma, and Jose have been directly affecting our part of the earth and I can’t say I like it one bit. Yes, I am pretty safe a few hours inland of South Carolina’s coast, but I’ve hated seeing all the destruction that’s already taken place and tragic forecasts of what’s still to come. In times of disaster it’s so easy to lose faith and wonder where God could possibly be in this.
I recently came across Psalm 121:2, a simple verse that provides me with immense comfort in times of disaster and doubt. The verse says “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” This reminds me that the disaster and help to come, even in the most unseen and unexpected ways, comes from the creator of all things in heaven and on earth, including the hurricanes. It’s awfully strange to think that “a good Father” made the hurricanes and other disasters and it’s even stranger to think about how the catastrophes could possibly be part of something ultimately good.
As I was spent some time trying to come up with something good that’s coming out of these hurricanes I thought of unity, gratitude, and generosity. It had been a hot minute since our last call to action in the United States in the form of a natural disaster, maybe God wanted to remind our divided nation that we’re all here to help each other, despite our differences. For example, Jadelynn Brooke has had a support effort going on in which you can purchase a backpack filled with supplies for a child in need in the affected Houston areas. As people buy one of these backpacks, they don’t know what kind of household it’s going to. The donors don’t have a way to know if their support efforts will go to a family of a religion, political viewpoint, or race that they don’t particularly like or agree with and quite frankly they don’t care, they just want to help them. Maybe God was trying to remind those of us who are constantly complaining about the hardships of our blessings (honestly myself included) to be more grateful. Being practically unaffected by the hurricanes definitely makes me feel blessed. As we compare our lives right now to those who are currently living without their homes, belongings, and educational systems, we can realize how good we have it and really begin to appreciate our surroundings. Lastly, I think God might be trying to remind us to give more eagerly. When something hits you on a personal level, like multiple catastrophic hurricanes attacking your country within just a few weeks, the cause and need to contribute seems a lot more urgent. Maybe next time news comes of a hurricane devastating a foreign country we’ll remember what it was like here and be more eager to give.
So, how does that long explanation of possibilities for goodness in the wake of disaster tie into Psalm 121:2? Think about a time when you’ve reached out to a friend or family member for help with something and they didn’t help you in a way you’d expected them to. Maybe you asked your dad for help with homework and instead of working out the problem with you he pointed you to a page in your textbook that he thought would help. At the time this kind of response can be frustrating, but ultimately you’ll teach yourself how to solve that type of problem and you’ll get it right on the test, when your dad can’t help you. God might be helping us in hard ways that will ultimately better us.
I’m by no means an expert on God’s purposes in disasters, but when you really stop to think about it as I have you can begin to see the good in the bad. I hope reading this has inspired you to look for the hidden blessings in big disasters in all areas of your life and encouraged you to keep your faith strong. This week, remember to look for the needs of others despite your the walls built by your differences, count your blessings, and give eagerly. Pray for those who have it worse than you and pray that your faith, as well as the faith of those affected by the tragedies, stands strong.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week and stay safe!