Good morning all-
I'm sure you have been wondering where I've been. I am concluding 6 weeks of travel and finally will have time to sit down and write. My job gets really busy towards the end of the year and I have to sell so that others can have a paycheck. So during my time of travel I have noticed many things and they have stuck with me for the last two weeks. One, I don't see a lot of soldiers anymore. Two, people seem to be more agitated and less likely to be courteous and finally, the homeless. I seem to see them everywhere I go. Although, I noticed them a little before, that's all I see now.
I'm a bleeding heart and once upon a time I was very trusting. I am not as trusting of humans as I once was but I still believe that everyone deserves a chance. That's why when I look at the true homeless my heart breaks. There's a story behind every blank stare, every babbling sentence and every basket. I don't live in New York, Houston or LA but lately, I have seen many that are destitute with no where to live. I guess that's why my heart is breaking for those in the Philippines. We are so worried about the people in the US but most of us can reclaim what we once had, at least put a roof over our heads. They have lost everything. Most countries do not have property insurance so once they have lost their possessions, they have lost everything. I'm sure that no one is thinking about the clothes they lost or the house that washed away, they're just trying to survive. According to the headlines they have one week to save thousands. Every picture makes my heart break and often I feel helpless. Not just with what's happening in other countries but what's happening here too. Another man took his life last week. Another father left his wife and someone decided that being married meant you didn't have to try.
All over the world people are suffering from things we can and can not see. People hide behind smiles and things to keep from falling apart. I have often wondered what life would be like if we gave of our time more, helped those that are helpless and prayed for those we don't know. Selfless acts of kindness, where would we be? I know where we would be, at the feet of Jesus. He sees everything we see and He rescues those that need rescuing. He knows their inner turmoil and how hard it is to fight to survive. He witnesses the natural disasters and calls to His people to serve and to pray. Why? So that when we sit in our glass houses, we remember that all things come from Him and at any time those things can be crushed. The only thing on earth that can't be destroyed is our relationship with Him and that's because He allowed His flesh to be destroyed so that we could be in His light.
This journey is taxing and many bad things happen but as I sit here and write I'm thinking of a prayer I prayed in 1985 for my family. I prayed that everyone of them would know my Savior. I asked Him to bring forth His spirit on my family and finish what He started through me. Yesterday, the headlines read of the devastation in the Philippines, murder, destruction and the downturn of our economy and all I could think about was that prayer. Why? Because my youngest brother was baptized and all day long all I could think of was that God had fulfilled a prayer. I was 19 years old when I prayed that prayer and I am 47 now. When I got saved I truly believed the Lord could do all things. As I got older, I would wonder and to be truthful I still wonder. I guess what I have learned is that I don't know God's ways but I do know that He loves His people and when we pray for His will great and mighty things begin to happen. I am so thankful to a God that shows grace, mercy and understanding on a fallen people, aren't you?
This blog has gone all over the place today but it still comes down to the same thing, love one another and believe that Christ can do all things. I know that the world makes us question why and we will continue to until Christ comes back. Maybe instead of questioning we should pray that the homeless find homes, the soldiers come home and the lost be found. Please take time to pray for those in the Philippines, they are in a state of emergency. They need our prayers. Thousands may have been lost and thousands more could be lost. Pray that the God that found you would find them and come to their rescue. If we can't be His hands and feet then let's be His warriors, praying on the sideline for a miracle of mighty proportions.
May the Lord of light intercede in your life today. I know life isn't easy because I'm living it too. What I do know is that there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not aware that I have been redeemed and it's through that selfless act, I live. Be blessed my sisters.
The Bible application has this Scripture up today and I thought it fit this so well.
Psalm 33:4-5 NIV
For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.
Make this true today my sisters and love someone!
My prayer today:
O, Lord, thank you for being our deliverer. Just like those that have gone before us, bad things happen to good people. In the darkness, please be the light that we walk in and help us to see You in and through all of our circumstances. Help us to know where we are needed and give us the strength and courage to continue to spread Your word. I am humbled by the fact that You have fulfilled a prayer that I said so long ago. Continue to spread Your spirit on future generations all over the world and guide us now as we try to stay true to You. You are the most important thing in my life and without You I would die. Thank You for caring about Your people and for always showing us our way. Help us to divest of our images and begin to only care about people finding You. I can't imagine a day without You and luckily, I don't have too. Take care of the men, women and children in the Philippines and hold them because we can't. I'm praying for protection from hunger, disease and chaos. Be with them now Lord and let them see the miracle of You. In Jesus name, AMEN