In the wake of Hurricane Michael, many people here in northwest Florida are still working their way through this trauma and heartache. I find that I am somewhat disoriented, forgetful, and tend to lose things. It’s difficult to know what day it is. It’s been three weeks since the storm, but in one way it feels like it only happened a few days ago. In another, it feels like months have passed. There’s a lot of work to do each day … and always more work than the hours each day will provide.
Through it all, God is so good, bringing people together to help each other. In our little corner of the world, Michael dissolved the animosity between conservatives and liberals. The rest of the country goes on as usual with a lot of divisiveness … and here we are, doing our best to help one another get through each day.
I’m so thankful for those who have reached out to help, for getting to know neighbors better, and for the blessing of being able to lend a hand. We are helping each other through the recovery process–in our homes, businesses, community, and hearts–one day at a time.
The Lord Jesus’ comforting words come to mind: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”
I was recently reminded of the God-given authority over all the powers of darkness, given to those who are in Christ Jesus. I’d like to share a teaching I did about it a while back, “Resurrection Enlightenment.” For those who have simply confessed Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10), triumph over this tragedy and trauma is certain, because we are in him who has overcome the world. Give a listen if you’d like, and if you haven’t called upon His name, He’s waiting with open arms.