Here are a few of my thoughts from today.
Someone said to me a few months ago, "There are two storms coming. One is from the enemy and the other from God. They are both after your heart." Today a storm has come with great darkness and devastation to many here in OK, but don't be confused. It's not from our good God. The storm God sends is the storm of his love and faithfulness in the midst of darkness and pushes the darkness back by giving a tangible message of hope. That hope is Jesus, Emanuel, God with
us and never far from us. He is the Psalm 23 God, the good Shepherd who walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death that we may fear no evil.
I'm sure your emotions, like mine, range from tears, to gratefulness for those who were saved and pulled from the devastation of the tornado, to disbelief and horror for those who lost their lives and loved ones, to the vast numbers who have no place to call home and are disoriented, to overwhelmed, to a feeling of hopelessness or a numbness that tries to settle in when disasters of this magnitude strike. There are no earthly words to bring healing to the pain. This is a time to mourn, weep, pray, love, and give help in practical ways by donating or opening our homes, businesses, and churches. We also offer help through our prayers, praying for the sick, and giving words of destiny from God's heart. Let's not shrink back from being Jesus with skin on. This is a time for us to rise up with hope, faith, and love, and put on display the goodness of God to those who are in the midst of deep darkness and devastation. Let's reflect the light of the world and heal up the broken hearted.