After the Storm

I did not end up having very much time alone during the break to read, but yesterday and today the perfect thing happened. I realized how much I needed to purposefully get alone and I found the perfect book to end this Week of Worry. A few weeks ago a guy came to teach in one of the schools here. I hadn’t met him, but there was quite a buzz about his presence here as he is well known and well loved by many. As a result of what I heard and then a story he told one night in a big group meeting, I was quite interested in his books.

What I picked up to read yesterday was his personal account of being imprisoned in Iran in 1997 for 9 weeks. This is not even close to the same as my current situation, but what was similar, which is impacting me right now, is God’s character throughout this man’s story. While he tells the story from his own eyes with humble honesty, what stands out is this mutual and deep love between him and God. What it is like to walk with God is so palpable and transparent and so completely my experience that it was almost as if I came to a friend and told them how I was struggling with worry and they told me their own story to remind me of the truth….

God is good. There is no way around this. There are stretches of time when we do not feel His presence, when our view of reality opposes what we thought we knew of Him. In those moments, like that cackling wild fire that ate up homes last week here in Colorado, the enemy of our souls rises up and shakes triumphant fists.

On the last page, in the epilogue, the author says, “If ¬†Jesus can get me out of high-security prison in Iran, He can deliver you from whatever situation you may be facing.”¬† It’s not a platitude. It’s a reality.

The same voice that says “it’s okay, it’s going to be okay”, beckons me to look back and take even just a cursory glance at what God has already done. There is goodness to recount. After doing that, I can look at the current situation and, not knowing the exact outcome, praise God for how He will reveal His goodness through what is happening. Because He will. Even above my own personal experiences, His character is true.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

(After the Storm by Mumford and Sons)

What has God done recently to show you that He is good?

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