God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.”
~ Psalm 46:1-3
Last week my family returned from a warm, sunny vacation down in Florida, spent with my parents, the Phillies and Mickey Mouse - not necessarily all at the same time. And I praised God for the sun and His goodness, His blessings and His Grace.
We returned home to cold, damp, grey weather and I whined and complained and got a cold and complained some more. And I neglected to thank God although there was so much to be thankful for. And though my circumstances changed, it didn't change Who He Is.
And then the earth shook. And millions of people on the other side of the world are suffering. And I've prayed and cried for the people there and have thanked God for reminding me to keep my day to day life in perspective. And I've searched for the evidence of His Goodness as I watch the evening news, as I scroll through the pictures of devastation on the internet. Because I know deep down that HE HASN'T CHANGED. Faithful always. Good. Loving. Full of Mercy. In Control. Through the sunniest days and darkest hours. And the evidence is all around us. I am convicted in my heart to more earnestly seek it out during those sunny days, but even more so , REMEMBER it when it turns dark.
Praying that the people of Japan turn to Him as their refuge and strength in this dark time. And praying that they experience miracles in abundance.