This morning, I have hopes of finishing the blog I was preparing this past week. I cannot. Burdening my heart are those suffering in Japan. I imagine their loss, their pain, and their lives being swept away in the tsunami’s murky rushing waters. Those that lost everything, which are sleeping on mats, grieving with strangers, and are uncertain about their future- pain my heart deeply. A fleeting thought seeks to rest on my mind and be accepted as truth; “This could never happen to us.” Whether I live in Midwest, up on a hill, have a large savings account, or an emergency kit packed in a closet- am I really unshakable? Everyone seems to be on the same playing field when disaster strikes, status cannot save anyone from being in the midst of a catastrophe. I reject that thought; I don’t believe we are immovable or unshakable where we live no matter how much I rationalize my circumstances in my mind.
I have experienced being knocked down personally, but never by a natural physical disaster. Maybe some of you have lived through or have heard the stories of those who had lost everything and yet had the strength to rise above their circumstances. Where did that strength come from? When all was said and done, what made them spiritually unshaken or immovable?
As I read my Bible this morning, I am reminded of those that believe in God and suffer in circumstances beyond their control. My reading for today is in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (ESV);
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
During my brief sufferings in life, I have personally experienced God’s love, comfort, and mercy through His people. God used them to lift my once dead life in sin and circumstances to a new life of hope in Him. It is my prayer today, those suffering in Japan will experience God’s unshakable and immovable love, comfort, and mercy in their lives and that those who believe in Him will rise as comforters who are immovable and unshaken in their faith.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” I Cor. 15:58 (ESV)