Well it has been quite a while since I have written in here. My birthday has passed and I am officially 23 years old. I now have a car (I hope to put up pictures at some point), which I am not sure is a good thing considering what is going on in this country with gas prices.
Quickly shifting...I am very disheartened by what is going on down here in the South with regard to Hurricane Katrina. It is devestating to see the effects nature can bring to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. So much of our own human nature is exposed as a result of the collision with the natural ways of this world. I am disheartened, yes, because lives have been taken and destroyed; families have been torn apart and left with nothing; communities have been left to pick up pieces of what was once whole; and the nation must look on in fear and awe that this was something of which we have no control.
I was reading Hosea the other day (as I referred to it because Jesus quotes him in Matthew 9) and and this is what I came across:
"Come, let us return to the Lord;
for He has torn us, that He may heal us;
He has struck us down, and He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us;
on the third day He will raise us up,
that we may live before Him.
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
His going out is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth."
God is. That is the reality of our lives and in that simple statement we find out complete signficance. Hosea acknowledged that God had brought destruction to them (God is just), but that He is also a merciful, redeeming God. In these days, when destruction has been brought to us by the God who controls all things I pray, as Hosea did, for us to press on to know the Lord. We are all unsure as to why this happened, but God is also a redeemer and I trust that He will be glorified in all of this.
Let us take the time to think put perspective on this whole situation, to see just who we truly are and how we fit into this whole spectrum of life. For what purpose is everything we devote our lives? Is this yet another example or reminder that we are to serve God alone? That all the materialism and silver spoons we have in this country are temporary and hold no value in the Kingdom of Heaven? Again, I don't know why it happened, but I do know that many of us do tend to give Him more thought and attention in times of great peril and strife. So if that is the case, "let us know, let us press on to know the Lord."
I love you all.