This morning I was going through my News Feed on Facebook and a friend posted a video that showed the devastation as result of Wednesday night’s storms in the South. This video of what happened in Ringgold, Georgia brought to me the realization of what many people are facing in the aftermath of Wednesday’s tornado. This is one true example of how our earthly possessions do not matter and where our treasures need to be placed. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do no break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21
As you view the video, pray for ALL of those who fell victim to the forces of nature on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Then, look around at all of your possessions and realize that in a matter of seconds they could all be taken away from you. Once you have evaluated and assessed your earthly possessions, evaluate and assess the most precious possession there is and that is your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your relationship with Christ is the one true possession that can never be taken away.
When I began my web site, I decided to use the theme of allowing our light shine to others. Now, is the time to put our lights on bright and shine for those who are hurting, grieving and who may even be angry at God. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we can let our light shine brightly to these storm victims by giving to an organization like Red Cross, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), or through an organization affiliated with your church to help these people recover. Also, if you are able, volunteer with a mission team and go to these storm struck areas and help with the clean up and re building. But, most of all, pray for the tornado victims and ask God to place His healing hand upon them and that they will feel His mighty presence among them as they pick up and start over. Help them to hear the words of our Father’s assurance “Behold I make ALL things new.” Revelation 21:5
If you are one of those who fell victim to nature’s force this past week, know that you are in the prayers and hearts of many at this moment. It is important that you know in the midst of the hurt, anger and grief that Jesus is walking beside you and picking up the pieces with you. I encourage you to reflect on the Revelation 21:5 and know that in His time ALL things will become beautiful once again.
In my heart of hearts, I am assured God will use what has happened to His glory. I am confident that many testimonies will come out one by one about how God was and is at work in such a horrific situation. Furthermore, I am confident that there will be many new lights shining for Christ when all is said and done.
I don’t know about you but “this little light of mine, I am letting it shine.” May each one of you whether you are storm victim or fellow volunteer picking up the pieces experience and feel the His light of hope being sent your way.
Blessings and Peace
(The service station and McDonald’s shown in this footage was our family’s regular stop in Ringgold to fuel up and freshen up before finishing out our trip to my parents home in Georgia.)
- Weekly Wisdom II (extremekic.wordpress.com)
- Jonathan Edwards: Christians Are Kings (5ptsalt.com)
- A Tale of Tornado Relief (sarahhollinger.com)