I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I want to share a few words of encouragement with you.
“When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you go through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.”
HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU!
When I see images of the flooding that you all are experiencing I can’t help but think of Noah. Genesis 8:1 says that “God remembered Noah…”. I want you to know that God remembers you. He has NOT FORGOTTEN YOU. He promised way back in Genesis that He would never again flood the earth and destroy all of mankind. God created the rainbow as a symbol of His promise (see Genesis 9:13-16).
HE IS WITH YOU!
Not only has God not forgotten you. He is with you right where you are. Right in the middle of the mess! He has promised to “strengthen you and help you ” (Isaiah 41:10). Just because times get hard and life gets messy doesn’t mean that God will abandon you. In fact, He never leaves your side and is always, always there to provide what you need. He will never leave you and never forsake you. “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
So Texas, hang on.
I want to encourage you to never give up hope. Never give in to despair. Remember that the God we serve is a God of hope (Romans 15:13). Cling to the God of hope and the promises that He shares. Know that you have people in your corner. SO many people, including myself, are continually praying for you. Know that God is working even if you can’t see it yet. Take note of the small blessings in each day–even the things that you used to take for granted. Mr. Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find those who are helping.'” God has not abandoned you and He never will.
“…Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes in the morning.”
Until next time,