Not long ago, in my facebook travels, I came across a post that said something like… I don’t want peace that passes understanding, but rather the understanding that brings peace…. or maybe it was knowledge instead of understanding… either way, it was obvious to me that the individual had never experienced the peace that only God can give. We mortals have the understanding that disasters will come and we must deal with them; but, despite this understanding, inner turmoil will run rampant (to a greater or lesser extent depending on the person) until we turn to God asking for His help. It is then that we are given this peace that passes understanding. It passes understanding because there is no knowledge in the world or in ourselves that can account for the blanket of peace that envelopes you even during the deepest distresses of life. It may not make sense, but I know it to be true as I have experienced this peace. Have you?
Lord, thank you that, no matter what, You are always here for me.
No, that is not a typo… God is not a god far off. He doesn’t need to make a journey to be with us. He is here, present, right now. It doesn’t matter what we go through – death, divorce, natural disaster, tragedies of any kind – the Lord promises to be here for us. All we need to do is accept His loving control (easier said than done, I know!).
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 40:13 Isn’t that a beautiful promise?
Thank you, Lord, for refugee camps…
A refugee is a person who leaves home… maybe country…. sometimes family… for a place of safety. Throughout the ages, the Lord has moved compassionate people into providing a place for refugees to stay while they are transitioning into a new life in a safer environment. It occurs to me that we will all be refugees in our Lord’s second coming. There will be billions of people transitioning into our new, glorious life! Won’t that be a sight to behold?
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Thank you, Lord, for firefighters.
Over ten million acres have been burned in the United States this summer due to wildfires. Tens of thousands of people were displaced and over a thousand lost their homes in California alone. Yet, many, many more homes and acres were spared due to the efforts of firefighters. Not only that, but they risk their lives every day throughout the year rescuing people, pets, and homes from unmerciful flames. Jesus, our Savior, is the ultimate firefighter ever striving to rescue us from the unmerciful flames of sin.
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You should begin and end the day with prayer, and be full of faith and gratitude toward God… If this is your attitude, the peace of God will not be an occasional visitor, but an abiding guest, ruling in the heart. – Faith Does Not Make Void the Law
Rain is required to settle the dust, clear the air, water the vegetation the surrounds us, and refill ponds, lakes, and such. Regardless, it is sometimes difficult to be thankful for rain – especially if it is causing disasters… But, it is during the disaster that we tend to rely most heavily on the Lord and he sends His blessings to help us through. It is always most uplifting to read the Lord’s blessing being poured out via communities helping each other and the efforts of brave rescuers!
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