Recently, the news has been focused on hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia. All of the broadcasts and news seems to be focused on the destruction and horrible damage the storms have done to the impacted areas. What the news has not touched upon is how those effected came together and helped one another. Not taking into account race, gender, religion, and any other preferential bias. This is how God’s children are supposed to act towards one another, helping and working together. Not only did the floods bring the victims together, but it also brought the nation together. Several celebrities have donated towards relief efforts and the Red Cross, along with thousands of other organizations. Even in all of the chaos of the hurricanes, one thing stands strong, love. To know God is to know love, therefore, God is love. We are the “walking gospel” to those around us. To love one another unconditionally, is to love as Christ does. Do we know exactly why God allowed all of this to happen, with such a small warning? No. I do not know if we will ever know why. But, there really is a reason for everything, and God knows best. Even in our trials, God brings something good out of it. Whether it is a new foundation, a new hope, a new found strength in faith and God, or something else. Maybe these natural disasters happened to remind our nation that we really are all the same, and that the love of Jesus is the most powerful and impacting thing that someone may experience. Instead of focusing on all of the damage, pray for those who are hurting and thank the Lord for bringing us all together.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” – Luke 6:35
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1st Corinthians 13:4-8