Hi everyone!  Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Sometimes life is too full, sometimes I have nothing to say, and then there are other times, when I simply don’t know what to say.

I know there are tragedies and disasters taking place around the world on a daily basis, but when I see the pictures and hear the stories about what’s going on in Oklahoma, I feel like it’s hard to go on with “business as usual” without acknowledging what happened.  My heart is broken for the people who lost their homes, their families, and their children.  When I even think about trying to make sense of it, or write anything else on this space, the words escape me and I find myself stuck.  

I saw one interview of one man whose house had been destroyed by a tornado a few years ago.  They had finally rebuilt their life and settled into a trailer home, only to have their home destroyed once again.  Rather than curse God he said, “But the miracle is, we are still alive, and so we give thanks to God.”  I’m just not sure after losing everything twice, if I would have that outlook.

I know it’s not my job to make sense of it and it’s hard not to struggle and question when you see horrible things happening around us–disaster, bombings, shootings, sickness.  

A few years ago, I wrote a post based on a song by Jon Thurlow called, “Things Are Not Okay,” which included an excerpt from Jesus Calling.  Below is an excerpt:

When you encounter rough patches along your life-journey, trust the My Light is still shining upon you.  My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise.  Seek Me in good times; seek Me in hard times.  You will find Me watching over you all the time.

-Jesus Calling

As I write this, a worship song in the background is playing, “Things are not okay right now, and they won’t be ’til You come back.”  

I have tears in my eyes as I allow those words to settle in…things really aren’t okaytragedy, sickness, turmoil, and loss surrounds the world we live in.  That’s not okay, but thankfully, it’s also not the endwe have this incredible, everlasting Promise of Jesus forever and ever, and we might not be here to see it, but scripture promises us that Jesus is going to come back to rule and reign on earth once again…
…I loved what my sweet friend, Mary Elizabeth, wrote this week on her blog as she described a recent painful experience:

Yet, we carry on…somehow…each day holds new life, new expectation, new promise.  And we remember that, as my dear former pastor says, “We will be doing fine in 150 years.”  This life is but a vapor, yet it matters to the Lord.