Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Rose and The Storm
Once again our senses are overwhelmed by great tragedy. The cyclone that slammed into Myanmar was devastating. The dead, numbered in the thousands and survivors left to deal with the storms' cruel aftermath. We may, perhaps, be permitted to wonder why. Where were You Lord when this storm began to form and chart its deadly course? Why would a loving God allow such tragedy? He understands such questions.
The walk down our front sidewalk takes us past an old rose bush that has been living in my little garden for 24 years. As I walked past it this morning, with such questions on my heart, I looked deeply into the heart of that flower and suddenly saw the face and the heart of God. The beauty and delicacy of that rose; the creative hand that fashioned it with such love, spoke to my heart. Here is God - the One whose love never fails and who gives precious gifts simply because that love overflows His great heart. Yes, life is filled with tragedy we will probably never understand this side of heaven, but the powerful truth of a loving God never changes. He is here. He is in Myanmar. He is in control. We must put our hope and trust in Him even in the face of devastating circumstances.
"I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs praying to God who gives me life.
O God my rock, I cry, why have You forgotten me?...
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart sad? I will put my hope in God. I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!"
Psalm 42: 7,8,9,11