Storms. We have all been through them. Some are more devastating than others. Some are weather-related. Some come in other forms, but can be equally as destructive.
Several weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the east coast of Texas. The wind and flood damage that Harvey left in its wake was as devastating as it was historic. The loss of life and property has left people with enduring trauma that may last a life-time. If there has been anything positive from Harvey’s destruction, it is the awesome display of compassion from ordinary individuals whose friends, neighbors and fellow-countrymen have suffered so much.
As I write this article Hurricane Irma, even more powerful than Harvey, has now swept through the Caribbean and the entire state of Florida with a vengeance. People who fled their homes are now waiting anxiously to return, and those who chose to ride it out are slowly beginning the arduous work of rebuilding their lives. My own son and his family are among the latter group.
In the aftermath of such tragic events, people are left wondering, “why is this happening?” and more specifically, “why is this happening to me?” If there is a God who is in control of all things, as Christians believe, why would he allow nature to wreak havoc on entire communities of people? While I believe that there are credible theological explanations to such questions, what people need to know is this: God is with us through the storm.
While the “why?” questions certainly remain, rising from the wreckage comes a large body of evidence that God was there after all. Accounts of miraculous escapes from death, testimonies of unexplainable peace, and reports of the kindness and generosity of those who name the name of Christ all point to a loving, yet sovereign God weeping over a broken world, longing for people to seek Him in their need.
The Lord has promised to be “a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)
Further, Jesus invited us to come to him in our distress. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I assure you that no matter how fierce or terrifying the circumstances you are facing are, He will be with you through the storm.