(This Blog was written the morning after several tornadoes and storms ripped through Oklahoma killing several people only two weeks after tornadoes and storms claimed 24 lives)
You Never Know
I woke up this morning and, like many of you, I thanked God that my family and I were alive and well (“safe”). Then my heart began to ache after learning that Oklahoma lost at least nine more lives including two children to last night’s tornadoes and storms. Add to this the 25 Oklahomans lost two weeks ago in another string of tornadoes and storms, this doesn’t include earlier in the week I lost one of my Hobart High School classmates and one of my very best friend’s 27 year old son who died in a tragic accident in Florida.
All this is to say, you never know what day will be your last day. You never know what day will be the last day for those you love, work with, go to school with or simply cross paths with. You just don’t know.
Death is part of life. There are so many things we don’t have control of. But what we do have control of? What is in our power?
What no one can stop but you is……
- You can love today.
- You can forgive today.
- You can seek reconciliation today.
- You can seek God today.
- You can develop your faith in a relationship with Jesus Christ today.
- You can leave no stone un-turned today.
Or…. you can keep doing what you have always done, today.
Whatever you do today, it is my prayer that you would live the life you have been given by God in such a way, so that when death does come (and it will come) you can know of God’s peace and presence. That in the midst of every storm, in the midst of every good and bad thing happening, you will know that God is still good and God is still in control.
People ask me, “Why would God do such things? Why would He allow horrible things to happen to people?”
My answer…. “Ask Him. Seek Him. Listen to Him.”
If you ask with a genuine heat, I believe He will answer you. Thirty years ago I would have tried to answer for the Lord, but now I encourage people to seek Him. He can answer that question so much better than I can. I’m not being flippant, I am a preacher of the Gospel and proclaim every day what God says from His Word, but sometimes…sometimes in these very tragic times, God tells me, “Scott, move over, shut up and let me hold those whom I created. Let me tenderly speak my words of love to them… just me and them.”
Jeremiah found himself in a very dark time and the Lord spoke to Him. This is what God told him:
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
One of the memories that will never leave my mind was when my brother-in-law was dying. Everyone was in the room with him. Then he asked all of us to leave so he could talk to his children. I have no idea what they talked about. Honestly, it was none of my business, but it greatly impressed me. Mark wanted some private time to talk to his son and daughter. Sometimes God removes me from the room so He can talk to those He tenderly loves.
So, what is He trying to say to you?
Whether you believe in Him or not, whether you consider yourself religious, spiritual, or whatever- .I assure you, He has some words for you. The very reason you are breathing today is because of God’s grace and mercy. He does love you. Your refusal to acknowledge it does not change that fact. God loves you so much that He sent His son to die on cross for you so that He could redeem you.
My prayer for you is that you would consider these words and do something proactive today. Who knows what will happen tomorrow…or even later today!