We're sure you, like we, have been anxiously watching the news as so many weather events have been happening now and over recent weeks - the fires out west, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose. It can be easy to become consumed by anxiety, worry, and fear for those we love who are in the path of these storms.
Max Lucado, a Texas resident who experienced Hurricane Harvey, shares this hope:
This is the time to “stand up and lift up.” Lift up prayers. Lift up hope. Lift up your hearts. God is above this storm. The storm is coming, but God is with us. Look ahead and chart a path to safety. Look around and see who you can help.
Turn your attention away from the crisis and, for a few minutes, celebrate God. It does you no good to obsess yourself with your trouble. The more you stare at it, the bigger it grows. Yet, the more you look to God, the quicker the problem is reduced to its proper size. This was the strategy of the psalmist:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1, NKJV)
Do you see the intentionality in those words? I will lift up my eyes.
Do not meditate on the mess. You gain nothing by setting your eyes on the calamities. You gain everything by setting your eyes on the Lord.
In this moment, let's pray. God is listening. He's hearing the cries of those who love Him - He's hearing you. And as we pray, let's be bold and ask God how we can give and if He would bless us with extra finances so we can use them to help others. The Red Cross is one of many organizations on the ground in the affected areas, and you can give to them here. There's an urgent need for blood donations.
Let's join together in prayer, believing God is in control. Let's give, trusting God will provide.
From Max Lucado's blog post, "Hurricane Irma is Coming: Where Is God?"