I’ve spent way too much time trying to figure out how to start this because my heart is heavy. For some, Hurricane Harvey is just another natural disaster you see on the news. Thankfully I have only seen through pictures and my loved ones haven’t experienced much damage, but my heart still aches for those who have. Neighborhoods have turned into lakes, and homes have turned into danger zones; the town I grew up in is unrecognizable. I’ve never watched the news so carefully or followed Facebook posts so vigilantly; it hurts to see my hometown falling apart. My heart breaks for those who have lost their homes, possessions and especially loved ones to all the flooding.
In Luke 8:22-25 Jesus led His disciples across a lake. As they sailed a storm quickly arose while Jesus was sleeping, and their boat began to fill with water. Fearing for their lives, the disciples woke Jesus, and He “rebuked the wind and raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.”
The disciples probably felt like God wasn’t present or that He was ignoring them while the storm was knocking them around. It definitely seems that way… He was sleeping! However, after Jesus rebuked the storm, He asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” They had forgotten that He loves, cares and is always there for them.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor ANYTHING else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
So where is OUR faith in all of this? It may seem like God isn’t present in Texas right now because of all the devastation, but He absolutely is. When we put our faith in Jesus He finds ways to continuously amaze us, and here’s how I’ve seen His light shine through this storm.
The past couple days Houston has been relieved from the rain. On Wednesday the water began receding and the sun was shining – there was finally a ray of hope. The flooding near my grandparents’ house was LESS THAN 1 INCH away from getting into their home, but it stopped. Now tell me these weren’t The Lord’s works – Jesus definitely calmed the storm.
What makes me so proud to be a Texan and a Houstonian is the amount of people who have dropped everything for those in need. In the midst of all the heartbreak and loss, God’s love is so evidently present. People are opening up their homes, vehicles and boats to help neighbors and strangers alike. Some are driving in from hours away with trailers full of supplies and boats to rescue those who are stranded. There are CROWDS of people waiting to volunteer and lend a helping hand. People are loving their neighbors as themselves, just as we are commanded to by God. Our community is a thriving example of Christ’s love for us.
As I mentioned in my last post, there is POWER in prayer! God is able to turn darkness into light, so put your faith in Him and let Him shine through this storm. If you’re unable to donate money, supplies, food or resources to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, I only ask you of one thing: take a minute to pray for them. If you personally know any victims, pray for them by name and let them know that you did – it will bring them hope. Pray for those stranded in homes and cars, those who have lost loved ones, those who have fled the area, those who are still waiting for help, and those who are providing help. God hears our every prayer, so let Him bring us hope in the storm.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” – 1 John 5:14
If you’re interested in donating to the relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas, I recommend going through one of the following:
» Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
» JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund