Disasters happen all around us, each and every day. They are not all natural disasters, like the flooding in South Carolina that I have seen recently, but disasters do happen. Marriages are destroyed, children have real struggles. There are shooting all over the place. What is our response when disaster strikes?
My state of South Carolina has been hit hard this year with disaster. From the shootings in June in the church that took 9 innocent lives, to the flooding that has, and continues, to wreck havoc on to my beautiful state- disaster has been plentiful.
The one thing I have been proud of in our state is that it has all been peaceful. Even the tragedy in June, and the bringing down of the Confederate Flag, has been done in mostly peaceful ways. Yes, there are people on opposing sides, but there hasn’t been more violence.
The flooding that has occurred has brought our state together. Major corporations have donated toys, clothes and food. People are working together to get things cleaned up.
I have learned that disaster is evident, because we live in a fallen world. Sin rules the present world, and because of that disaster happens. Natural disasters are ways that the earth yearns for the return of Christ – because He is the only one who can come and set the world into the way it was meant to be.
Our responses isn’t always love though. Sometimes, instead of responding, we react.
There is a difference between responding and reacting.
Responding means that you are going to do something about what has happened. First Responders are ones that go and help people when they are injured or hurt or there is disaster.
Reactions are quite different.
Reactions are not always helpful. Reactions can be done in hate and anger.
As Christians, we need to make sure we are responding and not reacting. We can use these disaster opportunities in our lives to be a vessel of the grace, mercy, truth and love of the gospel.
How can you respond to those disasters that are around you?
Worshiping With My Life,