We watched last week as Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas causing wide spread devastation and damage, catastrophic flooding, and the loss of at least 51 people. It is being called the worst disaster in Texas history and it is expected to take many years for recovery. We cried as we saw people stranded in vehicles, on rooftops, sitting in water to their chest in nursing homes, and so much more. We saw looks of devastation on peoples faces as we scanned the news articles to see people who had lost everything they ever worked for. We shed tears for them, and we prayed for our fellow American's.
When crises like these happen we often hear people say, "Where was God in all this?" Have we as a nation turned so far away from God, that he has turned away from us? Yes, as a nation we have turned from Him and it is past time now for repentance. But I do not believe that God has turned from us. Scripture tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
During Hurricane Harvey, I saw God. I saw him in the Gallery Furnitures Store owner, Jim McIngvale, better known as, "Mattress Mack", who opened his furniture galleries to the public making them shelters. He sent out 10 of his delivery trucks in an effort to help bring hundreds of people in and provided them with a place to stay and food to eat.
I can also see God in the human chain that was made to rescue a man stuck in his vehicle in the flood waters. John 15:13, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Then there is our AMAZING Military and even civilians (neighbors) who risked their lives for one another. We watched, in tears, as they rescued hundreds upon hundreds of people.
We watched as two people went into a shelter to spread the love of Jesus and lift the spirits of people by breaking out into gospel singing and praise to Jesus.
We may hear questions like "Where is God in this?" However, in reality - it's not hard to see Him. Neighbor helping neighbor, risking their lives in high waters, every race loving each other, and embracing each other - THAT IS GOD. That is HIS LOVE shining forth in the midst of tragedy. God is love and He was right there helping people, and loving people through the hands and feet of his servants.