I’ve gotten off track with my “Questions Jesus Asked” series, but as you all know, life happens. Sometimes what gets us off track, is encouraging and at other times, it’s challenging. But almost all the time, God is teaching us something in the interruptions that arise.
On Sunday morning, after a week of VBS, attending and presenting at an outreach conference and in preparation for a VBS closing worship and picnic, I got a text from a good friends asking: “Are you OK?”
A big storm had hit the night before, in fact, I had driven home in it. But, the river behind our home hadn’t risen like it had in the past, and we weren’t aware of any other damages.
I responded that we were fine, and asked her the same question, because she lived much closer to the center of the storm. When she responded, I knew God was calling me to help as much as I was able, so I jumped in.
The last three days are a bit of a blur because of the flurry of activity and volunteers and work that was done. And it is certainly far from over, I just had a moment to breathe today.
In the midst of it all, I took this picture on one of the bushes at their house:
A butterfly represents hope and new life. And indeed, that is what we constantly look for in this earthly life, in the midst of brokenness and valleys.
Just last night, I changed my wall calendar to August. The verse written on the page was Hebrews 10:23. I looked up the whole passage and found it to speak to this situation.
A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrew 10:19-25
I’ve done relief work before, but I think this is the first time it was for friends, people I knew and cared for. God calls us to help, regardless of the situation or if we know the people or not, but when it’s someone you know, there is even more urgency to help in any way you can. It’s a long road for them, but I hope that those who have been there supporting, helping, etc…have reminded them that God is faithful and will see them through.