When Disaster Comes… Where Do You Turn for Help?

By Tim Ewing —  May 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

Oklahoma tornado

Inspired by the song “Be The One” by 3 Shades of Blue

Listen to Be The One by 3 Shades of Blue by clicking here

Most of you by now are fully aware of the tornado that hit Moore Oklahoma this past week. But if you’re not familiar, the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma. leveled entire neighborhoods, including two elementary schools. With wind speed up to 200 miles per hour, it paved a path of destruction 1.3-miles wide and 17 miles long. About 2,400 homes were damaged in the Oklahoma cities of Moore and Oklahoma City, said Jerry Lojka of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Some 10,000 people were directly impacted by the tornado, he said. Gov. Mary Fallin said the tornado was “one of the most horrific storms and disasters that this state has ever faced.”

If you and your family have ever been affected by a natural disaster like this or know someone who has, you may feel as if you’ve been abandoned by God. However, if trouble has hit your life in some other disaster, or form of tragedy, the death of a loved one, a dreaded medical diagnosis, the loss of home and property, or the loss of your job, you are experiencing your own superstorm. You may feel as if your whole world has been turned upside down, and wonder how you can possibly survive the loss.

When tragedy hits, it’s easy to look at the bigness of our circumstances and become overwhelmed. But like the disciples, focusing on the bigness of our circumstances can keep us from seeing the bigness of our God, and His ability to calm “the storm.” You see, even the strongest natural disaster, or most devastating tragedy is no match for the power of God. Isn’t it encouraging to know that Jesus is in the boat with you as you navigate the rough waters of life’s storms? He’s with you right now. You are safe and secure in His Hands. What’s more, He promised you His peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). Amid difficulties you can experience the peace of God, a peace that rises above our understanding (see Philippians 4:7). So, refrain from worrying, and allow His peace to comfort you.

Throughout the Bible God makes it clear that our prayers are very important to Him. He loves for us to talk with Him, just as we would our closest friend, and promises to be there for us whenever we call. Isn’t it good to know that you have a direct line to God? That He is available to talk to you anytime, day or night? In fact, you can talk to Him right now. He wants you to tell Him about your burdens, and to give Him all your cares, so that He can bring hope to your heart, peace to your soul, and strength to your life (see 1 Peter 5:7). But even when you’re at a loss for words, and don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit Himself speaks on your behalf (see Romans 8:26). Yet God is not only interested in your struggles. He wants you to talk with Him about everything, from your smallest victories to your greatest fears and all things in between.

You might never have to face devastation as horrific as the tornado in Oklahoma or a storm as powerful as Katrina, but storms in all shapes and sizes are a part of life. As we get closer to the return of Christ, the Bible promises it will become more and more prevalent and more and more devastating. As the body of Christ, we need to reach out and show the love of Christ when these storms of life seem to wreak havoc on all that it comes in contact with. Have you heard the story of the Good Samaritan? In that story he, unlike others who had opportunity, demonstrated compassion for a man who had become the victim of a vicious attack by robbers. The Good Samaritan bandaged up the man’s wounds, brought him to an inn, and took care of him (see Luke 10:30-35). Though it didn’t seem to be a big deal to the Good Samaritan, it made a huge difference to the man he saved. Your actions great or small do make a huge difference. And just like the Good Samaritan you too could save a life for a person in need.

Storms will come and storms will go but understand Jesus remains the same. Some of us will flounder while others overcome the battering of the emotional and spiritual waves. We cannot always be prepared for every storm, hurricane or tornado, but we can have faith in God on a day to day basis. With God we can overcome all of life’s storms. Apart from God the storms will overcome us. We can be at peace in the midst of any storms in our lives. Taking control of our thoughts and actions can and will take us to a better place, once we rely on God’s guidance. He will always steer us in the right direction and place our feet on solid ground.

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Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at kindredconcerts@gmail.com

3 Shades of Blue is a pop rock band out of the Philadelphia area.  “Be The One” is from their Pick a Side CD which can be found on iTunes or on their website. For more information about 3 Shades of Blue you can go to their website at: http://www.3shadesofblue.org/

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