This is my family. The photo below was taken this summer, following the water baptism of my youngest daughter, Brighten Hope. Over the past couple of years, “water” has been “a thing” with our family.
On Tax Day 2016, our home was baptized in the muddy waters of a flash flood. Immediately following the flood, our family began the long process of rebuilding.
April of 2017, we moved home. By August, our house was 90% completed.
Then August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey came to town. Once again flood waters rushed through our living room. Before Harvey passed, the waters had risen 42″ inside our home.
Throughout these sixteen months, there has been a deluge of water over our lives. If we choose to focus on things easily seen, we view lives flooded with devastation, loss, and struggle.
However, we can choose to view circumstances through His eye of the storm.
As we gaze through His beautiful eyes, we behold the GLORY OF GOD, flooding our lives with love, peace, strength, and hope. The body of Christ through our friends, neighbors, and family has washed over us like a flood. Unlike the muddy waters that devastate and destroy, these flood waters of love are cleansing, healing, and restoring our lives. We are in deep waters. Deep in His love, where peace, strength, and hope are in abundant supply.
As a result of His presence, throughout the storms, I have come to know this:
Our story is God’s story, my story, and your story. What we do, where we go, how we live, all the choices we make, are in the hands of the sovereign God. All the pieces of our lives are precisely planned and placed.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 (NKJV)
We were created with a divine purpose.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
God in His sovereignty devised plans for our lives before time began. Intricately woven within us, God deposited His unique purpose and design. As our lives unfold, we are interlaced with the rest of creation in a beautiful tapestry, the full spectrum of His aspiration.
Know this, my friend; God is on His throne. The situations and circumstances of your life did not come to be without passing through His hands.
You need not question His goodness. Do not entertain the thought that maybe he is unloving, uninvolved, uncaring, absent, or nonexistent. He is NOT.
Rather He IS full of compassion. He cares about every detail of our lives. He hears our voices when we pray and bends down to listen to us.
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” Psalm 145:8 (NLT)
“Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2 (NLT)
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of our lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent.
God had complete disclosure of Hurricane Harvey.
This storm, which from our natural perspective is a devastating disaster, did not slip accidentally through His mighty hands.
How could, why would, a loving, Omni-all, God allow devastation like Hurricane Harvey? After all, doesn’t He control the wind and rain?
If we choose to look through His eye of the storm, we can find beauty in devastation, joy in grief, peace in chaos, growth through struggle, blessing in loss, healing in pain.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
God promised never to leave us or forsake us. We are never abandoned by God.
“…I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
God, the mighty God, is also the God of unfailing love. His might is for our comfort and for our protection. Through His eye of the storm, find peace in His presence.
He is God when we are surrounded by devastation. He remains in control. He is well aware of every detail. He orchestrated these circumstances to produce the best scenario for your life. He who is good, is working everything together for good.
This reality we perceive is only a dim reflection of what is real.
“Now we see things imperfectly, like reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely just as God now knows me completely.” 1 Corinthians 13: 12 (NLT)
This life is temporary. This world, these bodies, will one day be transformed. The earth will be made new, and our bodies will be perfected; made glorified.
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NLT)
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV)
It’s easy to see the flood and mud, material loss and devastation. Will you press through the visible; to peer through His eyes?
God’s eyes see these waters washing away portions of this temporary life: a flood of His love over us. Natural eyes view loss, struggle, and pain. His eyes gaze upon blessings, growth, and healing.
God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8).
God petitions us to behold the storm from His perspective, look past the visible to the eternal. He invites us to view Hurricane Harvey through His eye of the storm.