where love is alive 

So 2020 has certainly come in with a bang.  Of course, the Covid-19 situation has changed everything for most of us, and at this point I don’t want to rehash that.  I am writing this on Monday morning, April 13th, which happens to be the morning after the tornadoes came through.  We spent most of our night in the basement and I had my eyes glued to the TV and social media trying my best to keep track of all the storms.  I had been communicating with my mom and dad all evening, and earlier in the day we had the conversation about the potential for tornadoes.  At 11:53 p.m. I sent them a text saying “storm to be at Climer Rd. at 11:57!”  I didn’t hear back from them until 12:07 a.m. when mom replied, “It got us.”  That was the longest 10 minutes in my life, and honestly as I type this I am shocked it wasn’t 30 minutes.  Turns out they had a big tree fall on their house as well as a couple of other trees that did damage.  Thankfully, everyone was OK.  If I’m going to be completely honest about the whole day, this Easter was the worst one of my lifetime.

So the natural question in all of this is “Where is a loving God in these times of trouble?”  The answer is, and always has been, “He is right here!”  God never told us life would be easy, in fact, Jesus told us the exact opposite.  John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  So troubles are going to come, it’s simply part of living in a fallen world.”  So the next question has to be how do we deal with all the trouble that will come our way during our lives?  The Bible is a great source for that as well.  Psalms tells us in 34:17-18 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their trouble.  The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  So not only is God right here with us, He also hears our cries and will deliver us.  That’s comforting, but what about those that lost their lives to Covid-19, or lost their lives in the storms?  What about the ones left behind to pick up the pieces?  Well, that’s where the Easter story jumps back into the frame and announces the victory.  2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For this LIGHT MOMENTARY AFFLICTION is preparing us for an ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY BEYOND ALL COMPARISON” (emphasis mine).  In math terms this is what we call an unbalanced equation.  It’s simply this-one side of the equation is CLEARLY better than the other side.  My point is no matter what we go through in this life – viruses, storms, fires, car accidents, deaths – the promise we have from God of eternal life FAR outweighs the trials.  The competition isn’t close.

So where is God in all this?  The answer is right here beside us, preparing us for something far better than we could ask or imagine.

In Him,



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