Trusting God During Catastrophes

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“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in Heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven (Mt. 18:10; ESV).”

As a mom of a precious school-aged child, the interviews with children who survived Monday’s tornado rocked me to the deepest part of my gut. After having a good cry, I had the impulse to dash to my child’s school and grab her up. I wanted to hold her and say, “I’ve got you! I’ve got you!”

But, of course, that was irrational.

She was safe and almost 700 miles east of Moore, Oklahoma.

Still, north Alabama is close to the same latitude as Moore. And that is scary.

I’ll admit, the whole thing with Moore, Boston, Newtown…the Holocaust—they all make me question my faith. Why? Why do these types of things happen?

I think that’s why Corrie ten Boom is one of my dearest heroes. She survived a concentration camp. She forgave her captors, and she gave God the glory.

Who knows, maybe tornadoes were non-existing before the flood. We live in a broken world that will never be Paradise, no matter how hard we try to make it so. And if the Source of all love and beauty disregarded us, then the world—with its tragedies and horrors—would be so much worse. So much worse that we could not survive.

I do know that God has made us resilient. Out of the rubble comes stories of unselfish heroism and love of fellowman.

I’m not familiar with this writer, so I can’t endorse him nor his writing, but I did find some of the points, in this USA Today article, to be helpful and faith-affirming. I hope it helps.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/05/21/God-religion-tornado-column/2346461/

I also hope that you all have a wonderful day. Definitely pray for those affected by the storm, and remember to “…cast all of your cares on Him…because He cares for us! (I Peter 5:7)”

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