As south Texas is being ravaged by flooding and continued rainfall, it is important to keep faith and remember that God is with us. During stressful times, it is easy to ask “Where is God in all of this?” or “Why would God allow this to happen?” Regardless of the situation we find ourselves or loved ones in, God is with us through it all.
As I reflect on my own life, I remember how very present God has been in the most trying of seasons. These memories are priceless treasures for me; some faith lessons can only be learned in a storm. Beloved, let us keep our hearts fixed on the One Who is Emmanuel, God With Us.
“Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you,” Isaiah 43: 1-2.
Sometimes God delivers people out of the storms as Jesus did when He calmed the sea for His disciples. Other times God provides people the grace and his presence to go through the waters as he did with the Red Sea and the Jordan River. He promises to be with us when the wind, water, and fires surround us.
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works,” Psalm 73:28.
Dorothy Bayles, Chaplain