The day after Christmas, a line of thunderstorms rolled through North Texas, producing seven tornadoes. More than 600 homes were destroyed and eleven people were killed. One of the tornadoes hit just one mile east of our house, one mile! This same tornado damaged two churches. A pastor was inside one of the churches as the tornado hit and the building collapsed. I watched a news clip of him and then made the mistake of reading the comments posted online. One man made a snide remark about how our all-powerful God couldn’t even protect this church. The pastor, although shaken, was cheerful and confident in His faith. God had protected him and his wife. The church was just a building and they could rebuild.
People want to believe that God will not allow them to suffer or any hardship in their lives. Everyone, even Christians, want to stand on their own pride and believe that they can handle everything on their own, because God would not give them more than they can bear. But this is not true. We will face trials and hard times, experience pain, lose loved ones, have our homes leveled by a tornado, and will be taken beyond what we can bear. Why would a loving God allow this in our lives?
God wants us to rely solely on Him. We build up securities in our lives and try to protect ourselves as best we can. I feel safe in my brick home, but homes just like mine were not able to stand when the tornado passed by them. My security should not be in worldly things, but the creator of the universe.
We will be taken beyond what we think we can bear, because in that place, we recognize our weaknesses and discover His strength. In the midst of our worst times, when we are unable to stand – He stands for us. When we cannot find the words to pray, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf.
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…” Romans 8:26
God is faithful. He is worthy of our trust. He is the only thing that we can put our trust in – not our homes, other people, our finances, our health, or our own strength. But trust in God alone. It will be hard to see the good during our hard times, but God sees the big picture. God is building your testimony of His faithfulness in your life.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
About the Writer:
Meghan is a former art teacher who feels blessed to now be a stay-a-home mom to her two boys. She loves volunteering at her sons’ school and with the First Baptist Dallas Women’s Ministry and First Impressions Team. She is passionate about art, cooking, working out, and playing volleyball.