It was Thursday afternoon and I had just finished folding laundry out in the veranda when my roommates started yelling for me to come quick because “Texas was on the news”. I ran excitedly into the next room to see what was going on, but when I saw the television my heart sunk.
Everyone has always heard that bad news travels fast, well being in a different country has really opened my eyes to just how fast that is. Thanks to the Internet and modern technology I’ve been able to stay up to date on all of the tragedies that have plagued individuals, families, and our nation this past week and my heart goes out to everyone involved. I know I am a little later than most with my acknowledgement about these matters, but I have been at a loss of words and way to comfort. I don’t believe there is anything one individual such as myself can say about these series of events to heal anyones hurt, but I pray that these next couple of sentences can give someone hope.
The past week and a half have been filled with devastating news of fellow classmates passing away too soon at an early age, unexpected bombings, and disastrous explosions which leaves everyone heartbroken and asking why?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer, but I do have faith. And in times like these is when that faith is tested. In times of adversity, in times of suffering, in times of tragedy… We find out what we believe in because we question everything, and rightfully so. It’s our human nature.
But I hope for everyone who’s faith is in the Lord that these words ring true to you during these times as they do so for me; “…The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid do not be discouraged.” -Deuteronomy 31: 8.
Long ago I learned that without suffering there is no compassion, and whether or not your a believer in Christ that statement has truth. I’ve found that our thoughts can either align us with the Lord or set us against him, so I urge you to stand strong in knowing that God’s hand is at work and to find peace in him. People… if God is for us, who can be against us?
Proverbs 16: 4 says, “The Lord works out everything for his own ends – even the wicked for a day of disaster.” No one can understand the bigger picture, but there is a plan. These words don’t make the series of events any easier but I hope they bring some sense of peace and encouragement to those hurting. I continue to pray for our nation and everyone involved with such tragedy.