Maybe God Is Trying to Tell Us Something
It did not take long for God to remind us that we are all part of a human race. We can come up with a million reasons to divide ourselves, but God can use just a few powerful natural occurrences to remind us of His plan for His children.
While many of us were still engaging in dialogue regarding Charlottesville, a storm was forming that would remind us of “Who” is in control. While so many were drawing lines in the sand, God was preparing to blow the sand away. While countless voices were proclaiming to stand their ground, God was preparing to move ground and changes chants of hatred into cries for help. With Harvey came humility and with Irma entered understanding.
While watching news reports and social media live streams,
I saw a nation divided be forced to come together. I saw human beings who may have been stereotyped as illegal immigrants lock hand-in-hand to rescue their fellow man. I saw white police officers extend olive branches to African Americans in distress. I saw every color of the human rainbow extend love to weather the storm. It took God to remind us that in life, He is in control. And as we try to fight for position and status, God wants us to fight for position to help and serve one another.
Houses wash away, but a heart that is the home of the Spirit of the Lord will not. Rain does not care what you consider your race to be. Floods do not care about your financial status. Wind does not care about where you come from, where you work, or who you know.
Our lives flash before us with the alarming speed and awe of lightning and the thunder of our voices fade just as swiftly. In the storms of life, we are just a single raindrop. But collectively, raindrops can flood rivers. Rivers have the potential to change landscapes. Why not allow God to use us to change the landscapes of lives?
Maybe God is trying to tell us something.
(Steven Evans is a minister in Clinton.)