The LORD's Devastation of the Earth1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants--NIV
1 Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants. NKJV
I was doing an online study with Kay Arthur and chapter 24 of Isaiah was what I was studying the day before the MASSIVE outbreak of tornadoes occurred in Alabama. I have been struggling with and wrestling with what happened. Then yesterday, I awoke to my own LITTLE flood. The kitchen, dining room (both a little over a year old in renovation) and our downstrairs was flooded. A line to the dishwasher broke loose and we slept right through it.
So in my quiet time with the Lord today, I began to remember a prayer I recently prayed regarding my relationship with Him. I had felt as if the busyness of life had hindered my time and my walk with Him. I wanted to be closer to Him. And THEN the flood. Yesterday amidst the cleanup and MOUNDS of laundry, I took a break to go see several clients at the fitness center to train, followed by a quick lunch. While I waited in line at Firehouse Subs, two ladies were being asked in front of me if they wanted to round up their total to give to the tornado victims. The daughter said you are asking the wrong person. She just lost her home. I immediately interrupted the conversation and asked where her house was. And in common fashion for me, I ended up with a full blown conversation right there in front of the lady waiting patiently to take my order.
So here is the story I was told. The lady told me she lived in Anderson Hills. I told her that I had lived in Harvest (where this subdivision is) back in 95 when the same subdivision was hit. She said she too had lived thru that tornado as well, but her house was destroyed in that tornado then as well. My heart was so overwhelmed with compassion yet she was such a blessing to me. She talked of the goodness of God and said how often does someone GET TO START OVER at 70. She began to count all the blessing and how good everyone had been in helping her. I can't tell you how small my LITTLE flood was at that moment. I asked her for her, her husband, her dog and her daughter's name so I could pray for them regularly. I saw God's glory in HER amidst great trial.
So as I prayed this morning and as I surveyed the damage of my own home, first I thanked God for my home. I thank Him that I get to RETHINK my home. But then as I prayed I began to cry. I was reminded of my earlier prayer and thought why is it trials draw us closer to Him. Why is it His glory is so much more obvious in us during the trials. I began to see the fall in the garden all over again. It seems in the back drop of the garden we don't full appreciate the wonder, the magnificents of God. It appears that human nature draws much closer to God in the midst of the storm. We seem to become more intimate with God and we seem to KNOW Him so much better in the storms of life.
So then, my question is why is it when we pray for our loved ones, we inevidably always pray for the lack of challenge, adversity and pain? It still doesn't mean that I am praying for hardship on my loved ones, it just means I am pondering this matter and human nature in general. I want to be close to my Lord in the good times as well as the bad. I want to fully bask in His glory at all times. I want to learn to grow in the good times and cling to Him in the absence of adversity.
I sure do LOVE my Lord!