The rains have stopped for now, but many are afraid and living in uncertainty about what is to come. We have all seen – and some of us have actually become – those heroes risking their own lives to save others. Dramatic rescues. Emotional reunions. People leaving almost everything behind having only gratitude as they stand on dry ground.
So as blue skies appear overhead this morning and we slowly begin to move from rescue to recovery, there will be so much opportunity for the body of Christ to unite and come alongside to help in the coming months. The recovery process in Houston will be monumental. Many of us will take people in, care for those in shelters, help with the clean up or pick up a hammer to rebuild.
But we must not forget that our God “sits enthroned – sits as King – over the flood” (Psalm 29:10) and that He is “mightier than the thunders of many waters” (Psalm 93:4). We must not forget that even in disaster, He has purpose. The challenge for us now is to fully embrace that purpose.
Can you see God’s mercy even in this catastrophe? People have been rescued literally from death, yet in His sovereignty, He granted them another day of life. They could have perished in the flood, but they did not. That’s mercy! His mercy. Can you see it?
And now that they are safe from the floodwaters of Harvey, are they truly safe? They may have been rescued by a boat, but are they in the ark? Jesus is our ark. Our only place of safety. Our only mighty refuge from the storm. And the good news is, the Door is still open!
The body of Christ now has a tremendous opportunity to continue to lovingly meet physical needs while seeking to turn fear into faith and despair into hope. Recovery can lead to revival! Can you see it?
Oh Lord, by the power of Your Spirit, help us to convert the current momentum of physical rescue and provision into spiritual rescue and revival. You are still the God of this city. Unite the body of Christ like never before and use us to bring people to the Door of the Ark.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1