That’s the statement I keep hearing over and over again. Each time I look at a new email or text message, it’s news of loss. And it can be hard to take. If you haven’t yet heard, Nashville, TN received 3 months of rain in a 48 hour period this past weekend. And the city and surrounding regions paid a dear price.28217_393407042045_700762045_4635340_4398649_s
At the end of my subdivision is a branch of the Cumberland River. And so I wait.
In the meantime, many around me are experiencing a major change in their life plans. They had no idea they’d be without home, and many too, without cars this week.
It’s a good thing those folks aren’t too tied to their worldly possessions. But that fact never takes away the pain of loss, the shock, and the hassle of inconvenience. For some, it’s the reality of starting over.
It reminded me of some verses in the old book of Habakkuk. A gentle reminder that this life really isn’t all there is. And too, that the things we acquire while here are just that: things to help us in our earthly journey, and at times, things that bring us joy during said adventure.
With that, here are some words, penned thousands of years ago, that also remind us: things happen. And sometimes, they aren’t what we were expecting. They aren’t welcome, and they can leave us feeling as if we are living in a very surreal existence.
Hab. 3:17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Hab. 3:18 Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
Hab. 3:19 The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.