As children of a Sovereign God,
we are NEVER victims of our circumstances.
|Photos by Casey & Phillip Cole, Bastrop Texas|
When Melinda and I talked, at first neither of us could say much because we were both overcome with grief for the loss, it was now personal. I was thankful for the opportunity to encourage her just as she had encouraged me in the past. We both cried and voiced the same truth....God has a plan. When things like this happen and your standing in the middle of an ash heap, that can be hard to see. Yet, when we know this truth, we have peace, joy and even laughter in it. There is hope.
|Random facebook picture, unknown source|
What is so incredibly inspiring is the ability of Cody and Melinda Whitfill and their church to step up, praise God, and serve Him while walking through this. They know God is sovereign and His purpose is to bring good out of this fire and that this too is for His glory. Here is a link from Click2Houston's News coverage and one of the many news reports from a couple of days ago.
Each of our circumstances are all different. We all have our seasons of fire, death, economic disaster, sickness, divorce, and personal hurts and tragedy. During every one of these times, I hope others see Jesus in His people. When we see others hurting, may we also become the hands and feet of Jesus.
When I saw the pictures of the fires like the one above, I imagined Jerusalem burning when Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon burned it and took the Jews captive. Today, all around us there are fires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. Our economy is in the toilet, it seems our country is on it's way to becoming a God-less, socialist nation. BUT then, we see people like this...and know there is hope for our nation and the generation that knows His Name.