Hurricane Harvey is responsible for the most flooding to ever take place in the U.S. over at least the past 50 years. The damage accumulated on and around the Texas coast is unprecedented as a plethora of businesses, buildings, and homes have been destroyed or severely affected by the invasion of high water. Several families were forced to evacuate their homes; some never to return to the life they once knew.
Yet, in spite of all the loss, there has been tremendous and miraculous gain. Amidst the devastation has been a sense of love and unity that in many ways seems indescribable. People have come together like never before. Neighbors, coworkers, community leaders, church pastors, church members, friends, and family members have united for one simple, common cause—to help one another. How beautiful it’s been to see how the displacement of families is actually creating and/or strengthening families, whether related by blood or not. Help is even being received from outside the state, as well as from other countries!
Yes, the devastation is real. Yes, the loss is real. But the love of God is also undeniable. It reminds me of the scripture verse 2 Corinthians 4:8 which states,
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.” We are not alone in our afflictions, but rather strengthened by our unity. We are called to “carry one another’s burdens” and “encourage one another,” which I have been seeing and experiencing firsthand over the last several days (Galations 6:2, 1 Thess 5:11). I’m sure you’d agree that the day the church is fulfilling the law of Christ is a very good day indeed!
There is still so much work to be done, but it is not all physical in nature. I believe God is moving in the spiritual realm as well. As people are rebuilding their lives, God is rebuilding people. There might be a necessary period of demolition and clearing out, however, that’s only to make room for the new, better future God has for you. You see, He promises to “work all things together for the good for those who love him (Romans 8:28)” and I believe He is even orchestrating divine appointments and connections in your favor through your hardship. Allow Him to do this work in you and in your circumstance. Accept the help from those who want to help you. And be the help that someone else needs. It may take some time, but the promise of tomorrow is well worth the effort of today!