Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Topsy-Turvy


Tuscaloosa tornado 4/2011


‘We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up until the present time.’ Romans 8:22


If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve seen how natural disasters have seemed to increase steadily in the past few years. It seems as if the earth has gone topsy-turvy on itself. Earthquakes, tsunami’s, tornadoes, fires--if you can name it, we’ve seen it. Some of my co-workers have been talking about these things and wondering what is going on. I’ve heard one of them express worry and fear over the thought that one of these things is going to happen in our little corner of the world.

As believers, we know that man wasn’t the only thing that was corrupted in the garden of Eden, creation was also. It was meant to be perfect, created for His glory, and for the perfect man to watch over. But when sin entered the world, His perfect creation was subject to the curse as well. His children realize this fact and we can rest in the knowledge that creation is just groaning for its restoration, as we are.

When I hear others discussing these events and all that is taking place, I can jump at the chance to share the hope of glory. I can exhibit a peaceful countenance that makes others ask how I can be so calm in face of all the disaster and uncertainty. Don’t join in the speculation and fearful commentary of others, but be armed with the truth and be ready at all times to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6 comments:

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison. I agree with you that we as Christians can use these natural disasters as a platform to show others Christ. All these things are also deeply embedded in the word so I think I'd better start reading it up so I can have a ready answer.
God bless
Tracy

Jenifer said...

Very true. We can use these as opportunities to share Christ. But we also need to care about what happens. I don't want to be so caught up in my own little world that I don't see or care what happens in other places.

Fresh Garden said...

He/She who loses money loses much;
he/she who loses friends loses much more;
he/she who loses faith loses all.

Lisa said...

I agree with what Jenifer said and I know you do too, Allison, since you went to help with the clean up.

Alida said...

We may not know what disasters tomorrow may bring but we know whose hands are involved so there is no need to fret!

Great post!!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

This was a wonderful and thoughtful post Allison.

It's difficult sometimes when we're inundated with disastrous news from all directions, to focus on the one truth to it all; God is, has been, and always will be in control. We can rest in the knowledge that His Glory is unwavering, and that while we don't always see the underlying purpose for something, it's part of His Plan all the same.

Have a Blessed Day!