I think we sometimes take life for granted, until something reminds us not to.
Yesterday a tornado went through Washington, IL. This isn’t my home town, but it is the hometown of a great friend. I’ve traveled the 2.5 hrs several times to visit and to speak at their church for various Women’s Events, so I know several of the families in this town. It’s heartbreaking.
I saw the pictures of the destructed homes and buildings and I cried like a baby. I think everyone is ok – but it’s still heartbreaking -It makes you think about what’s really important. It also confirmed that I was right to wake my husband – after he worked all night and only had 1.5 hrs of sleep – to go down into the basement when the sirens went off at our house. No tornado came, so of course the kids had to tease me a bit about worrying over nothing. But, it’s wasn’t nothing. I was looking out for their lives. That’s something.
What stood – was fallen – in a matter of minutes. There are no guarantee’s in life. Only the promises we have in Jesus. In time the homes will be rebuilt and the town that is demolished right now will look whole again. I pray for all the people who are injured – at this time I haven’t heard any deaths reported -but several people have been taken to the hospital. There are also people who will be emotionally struggling from this disaster. No amount of rebuilding can overcome the feeling of loss and sadness that they must feel. But God can. And, in doing so He can also instill a new, deeper appreciation for life and provision and a sense of hope.
God can take this situation and turn it around. He can provide, repair, encourage, strengthen and bring beauty to this mess. He can do this with any mess you might be in. Maybe a tornado didn’t go through your home town, but maybe you’re going through some other form of emotional destruction. God can rebuild it and make it better. Turn to Jesus and trust Him with your mess. He loves you and you can put your hope in Him.
That’s my two cents for the day.
Keep It Real – Daveda
BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.