For each passage in life there is a “going through.” This is moving from one point to another, or from one season to another. In these seasons, these “going through” points move you along.
But, what if something knocks you out of kilter like storms, forest fires, earthquakes and massive flooding? How do you take your typical problems which turn to major catastrophes and deal with them?
At this posting, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast a couple of weeks ago, and Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane recorded in history in the Atlantic, just made landfall yesterday on the coast of Florida. It has pushed its way completely up the peninsula of Florida, and is now downgraded to a tropical storm and continuing to push its havoc out into other states with winds and rains. There are forest fires in the west U.S., an 8.2 earthquake hit Mexico this past week, and there is flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Plus in the U.S. today, it is our day or Remembrance for 9/11.
As we wait to hear of news from loved ones and friends…
I have a list of 7 things to help us through these trials.
Pray it through: 1 Thes 5:17 – pray without ceasing
Walk it through: Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Believe it through: Heb 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
See it through: James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Laugh it through: Prov 17:22 – A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Sing it through: Psalm 126:2 – Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
and last, but not least…
Love it through: Mark 12:30-31 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
I pray for your loved ones, as well as my own, and hope the 7 scriptures help you get through what you’re going through.