What a heartbreaking week it has been for the city of Orlando. For all the victims, their families, the devastation and lives that have been lost. It’s an unnerving feeling when evil shows it’s face, lurks around in unexpected places and attacks when you least expect it.
It is a face I know oh too well and a face I’d rather not see over and over. If there is one thing tragedy has taught me is there is a choice to make. To allow evil to illicit fear and dictate our actions or to choose love and allow love to dictate our actions.
When love is poured out onto tragedy good things grow from it. Nothing ever good grows from hate or evil. The face of evil may change, how they attack, what they target, but God’s love never changes. It is and always will be bigger. It will never fail you and is what will keep you anchored in the storm.
No one chooses for tragedy to happen. But when it does there is something YOU and I can do when tragedy strikes.
3 Things We Can Do When Tragedy Strikes:
1. Love- We are called to Love. God loves sinners. God does not love sin, he may not always agree with what we do but his love is unconditional. We are all sinners. God still loves us even if he doesn’t always agree with what we do. Just like a parent loves a child. His love not dependent on what we do or don’t do. To love someone doesn’t mean you have to agree with them.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
God loves broken people and our brokenness. When we hurt God hurts. He loves and accepts us for who we are right now. As Christians what an opportunity to love those who God loves. To love how Jesus loves. To choose love despite tragedy. How will anyone know the love of God if we don’t love them?
How will anyone ever know
There is Hope in Devastation
There is Order in the Chaos
There is Healing for the Broken Hearted
There is Help for the Hopeless
There is Beauty found in the Pain
There is Peace in Storm
If WE don’t show them?'Encourage one another, build each other up.' 1 Thessalonians 5:11Click To Tweet
2. Pray- “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone, be joyful always, pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17 Prayer moves mountains. It allows God’s divine intervention to intercede on our behalf. Prayer joins us, connects us unites us. It is our communication with God. Prayer is powerful in numbers. Sometimes prayer not only changes the situation but our hearts as well. When we pray specific prayers it makes a difference.
- We can pray for the victims and their families to be able to get connected to receive the help they need to start their healing process,
- Pray this will be an opportunity for them to receive God’s love and receive the beautiful message of the gospel, they can find hope and healing in God
- Pray that Christians and the community would rise up and extend God’s love, mercy, grace and not judge, but love
- Pray God would reveal to you how you can help and be apart of something bigger than yourself.
3. Come alongside those who are hurting- “He Comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 MSG
Just as God comes alongside us when we go through hard times we can come alongside others who are going through hard times. Not that you desire tragedy upon anyone, but how comforting is it when you meet someone who has gone through a similar situation? Our pain is not meant to be wasted but to turn into something good. In a past blog post, I wrote How to Come Alongside Others Who Are Going Through Hard Times. We can always do something. We can make a meal, pray, offer help and support, our time, just being available in their time of need.
God did not do this. He does not like evil nor wishes it upon anyone. Evil is Evil. Evil does not come from God. Evil comes from the Prince of darkness himself, Satan. Evil can never change the fact that God already conquered death. Evil will keep trying to put division among us, turn us away from God making us believe God doesn’t love us, that God is not good. If God didn’t love us he would have never sent Jesus to die for us. He loves us more than anything, He sent his own son for us.
I do not have all the answers. We may never know why tragedy happens until we go to heaven one day. Even if God told us the answer we still may not understand. Choosing to continually search for the answer to the ‘Why’ will only leave you on a desperate weary chase for more. Because you will never be satisfied even if you received the answer.
It all comes down to a matter of faith. Trusting in God’s plan and his promises. Please know that he only wants the best for you, He loves us beyond measure and he has the best plans ever. His word and truth will keep you safe. God has already fought the battle and won. Even if evil strikes, when God’s love is the choice it will…..
Turn Terror into Triumph.
Turn Victims into Victors.
Turn a Bad situation into a Blessing.
Turn a Mess into a Message.
Turn your Pain into something Beautiful.
God loves you! Have a Blessed week!
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