“God Is The All-Knowing”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Early Sunday morning, Greg and I were awakened to a boom that shook our house. As he looked out the window, I heard an “oh no!” There was a tone in his voice I’d never heard before. I knew something was wrong. On the opposite side of the New River sat our family friend’s home, fully engulfed in flames. I assumed the fire was a result of the loud noise we heard and I went into full panic mode, dialing 911, thinking he was still inside. A very long 3 or 4 minutes later, I found out that the fire had actually created the boom and our friend has escaped several minutes before, when the fire began.

Praise God!

Sunday afternoon, we joined in the clean up effort. He lost most everything with the exception of his treasured coin collection that we dug from the rubble a piece at a time. Not of all it survived the heat but it was important to him so we dug for hours, finding what we could, and cleaned up everything else that remained.

When something like this happens, we often question God’s presence in such a tragedy. The whys and what ifs come to mind but as our friend said “If there is nothing I can do to change it, then I just have to move on and accept it”. I admire that.

God’s love and care for us are not absent in a tragedy. While we may not understand it, sometimes we aren’t meant to. God is the all-knowing. We cannot possibly understand this because God is infinite and we are not. Maybe it is a test. Maybe God changes our circumstance because the outcome will change someone else. Maybe work is to be done elsewhere. This may be revealed and sometimes it may not. This is where giant leaps of faith have to be made.

Romans 8:28 says “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I know that God was indeed there yesterday. He awakened our friend so that he could escape without harm. God was in the volunteers who gave up a beautiful, warm Sunday afternoon to help sift through the remains of someone’s tangible life. He was in the little hints that were left behind. The bible that was burned on the edges but every page still left a crisp white. The photo of our friend that the fire had burned a complete circle around but left his entire image unharmed. Then there was the piece of charred wood that I pulled out that resembled a perfect cross.

We worked until the sun was setting and the compassion and concern were fully visible among everyone. As we returned home yesterday, we were covered head to toe in black, smelling of smoke and completely exhausted but I felt a peace within me.

Another sign that God was there.

“Just Reach Out”

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My message for today is a simple one. As I sat listening to Pandora this morning, one of my favorite songs by Third Day came on. Whatever you are facing today, whatever is on your heart, when you don’t know what to do or how to cope, cry out to Jesus. It’s that simple. Will it solve the problems right away? Maybe not. But it will equip you with peace to sustain you for the day. A peace that surpasses all understanding. A peace that will guard you until God’s plans are revealed and He gives you the answer you are seeking. In the meantime, rest in His assurance.

Read the lyrics to the song below, or if you have a chance pull it up and listen to it.(Click the link here. Let someone bigger than yourself have your worries and concerns today.

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight