Like everyone else, my heart aches for those that have suffered loss. I’m praying for family, friends and neighbors and all those affected by Harvey.
I left Alvin on Friday mostly out of concern for my car because it’s not insured for water. For those that have expressed concern about me, thank you. My house hasn’t flooded, but my neighbor says my low car can’t get home yet. So I’m still staying at my nephew’s house in Houston, along with his wife and my sister.
My dad passed away last Labor Day, September 5. At the time, we packed his things and my nephew has been storing it all in his garage. We wanted to go through them, but the timing never was right for us to get together and do it. My nephew dutifully hung onto it, waiting for us to get ready to deal with it.
Since we’ve been here together, we sorted through Daddy’s clothes and household goods. Yesterday, my nephew took Daddy’s clothes to the George R. Brown. Today we all piled in his truck and took the towels, bandages and other useful stuff. Daddy lived through the Depression and was a very generous man. He always took care of others. He’d be glad that someone else got some use out of his things.
How providential that a task we were all dreading was suddenly made easier because God had prepared everything ahead of time. We were together. We were at the right place. We had nothing else to do. We even had a place to donate stuff. It was definitely a set-up. God is always preparing things ahead of time for His children.
Jesus said so many times, “Be of good cheer.” In John 16:33, he said it when talking about hard times. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26
Peter wrote “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (MSG) The NKJV says, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Paul said in Hebrews 4:1-3, “For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting.”
“And so this is still a live promise … otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for ‘today.’ The promise of ‘arrival’ and ‘rest’ is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest.” Hebrews 4:8-11 (MSG)
God has already been at work, preparing things for you to help you out in the days to come. Ask him for provision and guidance, and that you’ll be able to see and take advantage of it when it comes.
And rest. We have plenty of hard work ahead, but in Him, there is rest for your soul. Don’t let stress, worry and anxiety take a toll on your peace. Let peace dominate. Let peace do its perfect work, keeping your soul at rest.