in the aftermath of the devastating storms that stretched across the south yesterday i am in a state of shock and fear. i feel so helpless. i think i have cried more over the past two days for the people of alabama then i have all year. my heart is hurting.
i sat in the church office yesterday and watched a massive tornado utterly devastate the city where i spent an amazing season of growth in my life for four years. i felt like the memories and the friendships were getting destroyed. it literally felt like something was being ripped from my spirit as i watched the scene. it was kinda like one of those movies where there seems to be so much chaos going on around the main character and then everything suddenly slows down and goes quiet. almost deafening.
as i continue to read the news reports, the facebook statuses, and the twitter updates this morning, my heart continues to ache. but all along my heart never ceases to do one simple act of obedience: give the Father glory.
that is a hard thing to do when it feels like a piece of you has been shredded to pieces. its a hard thing to do when you know that your home town will be without power for 5 days and your family is helpless. its a hard thing to do when you know that friends are in the hospital in pain. its a hard thing to do when i know that thousands of people are now homeless and jobless. but what does my heart tell me? "my heart will sing no other name but Jesus."
i came across this passage of scripture this morning in Hebrews 12:
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe," (v28)
i am thankful that even though my temporary home here may be torn apart, my home in heaven will NEVER perish. i am grateful that my Father in heaven is "close to the crushed in spirit". i am overjoyed to know that my God has all this under control.
so now what?my very being has been shaken. but what is my response? praise.
what will your response be? now? or in the days, months, and years to come?