Napal, the chaos and the God who wasn’t caught off guard

I’m looking at the scenes from Napal. We get a tiny glimpse of the chaos from the short videosĀ – the sounds – the crying and the panic. There is no way we can fully understand. We cannot smell it, taste it in our mouths. We don’t feel our heart pounding as our lives are torn apart. But maybe you do know what it is to feel as if everything has sifted and shifted underneath you. As we set to pray for this area of the world – and believe me, we should be praying… they are hurting, crying, crying out – looking for those they can’t find and discovering those who will never speak to them again – as you set out to pray know that in theĀ midst of their chaos and yours there is a God who is in the midst of it...

When your soul cries out

When your soul cries out, when the deepest anguish rises from the pit of your stomach, the pit of your soul, when you beg God to intervene…to save a child, save a marriage, heal, restore, redeem, rescue…He listens, He is there. And you have howled with your hoarse voice with cries that can no longer be stifled. Weakness overcomes as sheer helplessness reduces you to a heap on the floor.   When you feel broken in a million pieces and you can’t find one single piece that is whole any longer…He lifts them off the ground, out of your hands. When you think you have disappointed everyone around you and have failed to the point of being forsaken and labeled by everyone…He still calls you his beloved. When you have no idea where to turn...

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!