Where is God
There I was sitting in my bedroom watching news reports of #hurricaneharvey. It seemed like time froze, as I watched the damage that the hurricane had created.
Homes were flooded, vehicles destroyed, and people’s lives changed forever. I found myself shutting off the news abruptly several times. It was overwhelming.
I felt such deep emotions that I couldn’t understand. And before I knew it, a thought came to my mind, “God, where are you?”
To hear the story of the 3 year old little girl who held on to her dead mother’s body made me want to completely break down! I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a 9 month old, so that hit home, not to mention, that I also don’t have a mother, so that definitely hit home for me.
Like, God, how do I have an answer for THIS?
But then a light bulb came on in my head as I began to see my social media FLOODED with people asking how they could help. People were trying to donate money, clothes, time, boats, food…it was amazing! I don’t recall ever seeing this many people pitching in to help during a hurricane! Even my husband and I personally donated money to help out those affected.
Even those in Houston seemed to be pitching in where they could help. No one cared about color or status. From the young to the old, everyone just wanted to help. I saw videos of people crying and embracing complete strangers. In the midst of a hurricane that had destroyed much, brought out a love that has been displayed much. It was a beautiful sight to see.
And I think that’s what God was showing me. Sometimes we want to escape trouble, but the presence of trouble does not mean the absence of God. He is a very present help IN the time of trouble. Sometimes, it's not about God being right there with you in the happy moments, but also Him being right there in the most painful moments of your lives. That has been very evident in my own life.
Many of you know that my mom passed away in 2011 from breast cancer, and I was absolutely DEVASTATED, to say the least. But God never left me. Through the overwhelming grief, tears, frustrations, and questions, I could feel His love for me deeper every day. He began to show me that though she was gone, her legacy would live on, and would even supersede the things that she did while she was living.
Out of the pain of my mom’s death, I’ve birthed so many amazing things, and one of those being my bestselling book FaceTime: Pursuing the Presence of Jesus, where in chapter 5, I deal with what to do when God disappoints you. For my free gift to you, click here to receive that free chapter! I pray it blesses you, and inspires you. If this blog post resonated with you click here to share with your Facebook friends, and don’t forget to like my NEW page on Facebook page, “The Lady Extraordinaire.”
♥Praying for you, and love you so much,
Wife. Mother. Author. Entrepreneur.