As I write this there are people all over the East Coast of America being lashed about by Hurricane Sandy. For many it is a case of prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.
I’m sure daylight will bring with it stories of bravery, heroic acts and also sadly, tales of tragedy.
This is rubber meeting the road stuff.
People facing trials with a capital T.
And you know what. It is a very good reminder to me, that by golly the devil is so good at distracting us from what really matters. We are so easily led astray from the most important things in life.
In my own life I’ve been struggling with worry and day to day troubles. In the big scheme of things they are not major things – but – still – in the now they are important to me. And I’m finding the need for peace – seeking that anchor to hold my thoughts and runaway emotions at bay. But I’m realizing more and more……..these things are all distractions from the very mission I have been given.
To know Him and to make Him known.
That’s what it boils down to my friends.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Yes Hurricanes can and do cause devastation. Livelihoods will be forever lost. The forces of nature can cause damage beyond repair – in people’s hearts as well as with material possessions and the very land itself, and this is all sad, and tragic and words cannot even describe just how terrifying this must be for some people.
I have something to offer people.
I have hope.
I know a Lord who says come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest.
I know a saviour who accepts the least of us, and in his Kingdom the very last shall be first.
I know a King who says not to worry about what you’re wearing, or what you have in your bank account, for in the grand scheme of things, these things matter not.
Instead of my eyes being turned from the side to other side, with Mummy woes and health issues and blah blah blah…..I know I need to concentrate more on loving people and introducing them to the very one who gives me Hope.
What matters most, more than anything else – quite simply is, where are my friends and family going to spend eternity? Where are your friends and family going to spend eternity?
This is what I cannot be distracted from.
The lights may be out in New York City, but God’s still there.
I’m sure that many Christians will have many opportunities to share God’s love, right now.
The lights may be out in my neighbours’ houses, but I still need to shine His love to them.
The parents on my kids’ sports team may be stressed and overworked, but I can be a listening ear.
The lonely kid, the bullied kid in my oldest’s class can be invited to youth group, and pulled alongside a strong leader.
The overwhelmed mother, at her wits end, can be invited over for coffee and a safe place to sit.
Lord, I’m sorry for being distracted by the daily worries of this world. May my perspective always be like yours – may I seek out ways to show people your love and your light and lead them to you.