Today I feel a little helpless…a little small
overcome by a tornado’s strength, taking land and lives into its grip
shaken upon hearing distressing news within our congregation —
of family members lost, loved ones departing
the tiny life within a mother’s womb, stopped short
the tears of those who wait without answers to questions without words
…just heart cries.
and I am overwhelmed.
The temptation to shelve all emotion is inviting,
why entertain the suffering and pain?
When life floods in and rains pours down, and we ponder giving up —
to stop believing and trusting that beauty can arise from ashes
we must pause.
For I am overwhelmed by the smaller thing.
We cannot ignore situations and circumstances,
our hearts and minds buckle under the weight…yes, it’s true.
In this life, we will have trouble.
But today, I also choose —
to be overwhelmed by something greater, something bigger.
The relentless, passionate, incredible, wonderful, extraordinary LOVE of a merciful God.
This God who loves continuously :: unending, consistent, unchanging in His grace.
He has never failed. He cannot fail.
He is everlasting.
I am overcome by this one thought :: this God is here. With me. In Joplin.
What a mighty God we serve…