As catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey has been, God still loves you Houston and he is with you.
“‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’” ~ Psalm 91: 14-16
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” ~ Isaiah 41: 13
I am not going to be disingenuous and pretend that I know what those residents in South Texas are feeling today. I would be lying if I said that I understood. I do have a good idea, but until we live through it and suffer as they are, we simply don’t know. Throughout the ordeal with Hurricane Harvey, there have been stories of heroism and bravery. There have been stories that will make you cringe in pain for the victims and tales of just plain sadness.
There have been hundreds of videos made of people being saved from submerged vehicles and hundreds more made of frightened seniors being airlifted to safety by the Coast Guard. There is no doubt that Hurricane Harvey is a storm that shall reside in history as the one of the worst if not the worst in America’s legacy of natures fury. Could Harvey have been worse as far as damage goes? Absolutely, he could have been. Remember Hurricane Andrew? Andrew crossed South Florida leaving nothing but foundations where homes once stood. When Andrew arrived just South of Miami back in the early 90’s, he had winds well in excess of 200-mph. In fact, Andrew still holds the record for the highest clocked wind speed on record. Now imagine if Andrew had been trapped after he headed into the Gulf of Mexico by two ‘high-pressure systems’, then sat off shore and battered the Texas coast line with 200-mph winds in addition to the rain. Houston would most likely not exist anymore.
The point I am trying to make here is, Harvey could have been much worse. As bad as Harvey is, believe it or not, it could have been worse. With that said, take heart Houston, God is still in charge, he still loves you, and he is looking out for you. I know that right now, it doesn’t seem that way. For a mother who has lost her child in the torrential downpour and rushing water, these words mean nothing. These words mean nothing to the family of the Police Officer who gave his life while trying to save another yesterday. However, that doesn’t mean they are not true.
For those who do not think God is involved in this epic tragedy, think about this for a few moments. Just a week or so ago, across our land, we had bitter racial strife happening. In some areas, we still do, but one thing Houston has shown the world is, color doesn’t matter anymore when our fellow brothers and sisters are in trouble. Blacks have been saving Hispanics in Houston and Whites have been saving Asians. Texans of all races as well as volunteers from other states have come together to show the true spirit of humanity and bring aid and comfort to the afflicted. Still, think God is not involved?
As the days go by, tempers will be evident as patience grows short. Politicians will try to score points, and religious zealots will try to convince you that it is because of your sin that God decided to give Houston a good washing down. Some celebrities will make attempts at jabbing our leaders claiming they could have done a better job. Then there will be those who will want the Mayor of Houston’s head on a platter. Keep this mind as you’re trying to navigate this tragedy in your lives.
None of those directly involved want or wanted nothing more than to ease your pain and suffering. Nobody with an ounce of humanity in their soul would want to do you any harm or make the situation harder than it already is. Some leaders might disagree on “how” to make it better, but in the end, everyone wants the same thing.
Recovery is going to be hard, and many of you will be angry at God for allowing this to happen. Remember this, while God could have intervened and swept Harvey back to sea, God does occasionally allow for things to happen for his purpose and sometimes we do not readily understand or know that purpose. We simply must have faith that he is doing it for a reason and that reason is just and pure.
Houston, know that all of America is suffering in our hearts with you. Know that the President jumped on this tragedy almost immediately and did what he could to make things better as fast as he could. You have an incredible Governor, FEMA Director, HUD Secretary and many more officials that are directing aid and supplies to your community.
Hang in there, draw closer to God, he is there for you, and he is listening. Pray for direction and guidance, and he will provide it for you. Draw closer to your spouse and family, and this is an opportunity for you to show them the unconditional love you have for your neighbors and loved ones. If you have food and your friend doesn’t, then share it. God will provide you with what you need to get by until things get better.
The skies are clearing, and the water will begin receding. While that is happening, be a soft spoken, patient and loving example of what our Lord would be if he were in your shoes today. God Bless each of you, and you will make it, I promise, you will make it.