Interestingly (because not planned by the men but no doubt led by God), both the Sunday School lesson and the Pastor’s Sermon focused on a similar message. The SS lesson was titled “When Your Life Turns on a Dime” and the Sermon was titled “Stones of Remembrance.” Memorial Day was noted since we will be celebrating that tomorrow and remembering those who died in service in the Armed Forces. Such deaths bring sorrow and tragic change to the lives of those they leave behind. Also, forces of nature, such as the Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, brings sorrow and tragic change.
Disaster and tragedy will strike in our lives. God does not always deliver us from battle (Israelites against the Philistines in 1 Samuel Chapters 4 through 7) and He doesn’t always spare us from trouble (the stories of Joseph and Job). But God is ALWAYS there for us. The question is how do we react when the battle or storms surround us? God is not always interested in our comfort but He is interested in our Character. People of faith trust God, they give thanks for lives spared, they reach out to help others. They know that the sovereign God has a plan we do not see but He is faithful and somehow He will work things out. He will always see them through.
There are several wonderful songs that speak to God seeing us through the storms:
It is Well, Praise Him in the Storm, The Anchor Holds and
Sometimes He Calms the StormVerses for Today:
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New American Standard Bible)
11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I am praying for all of the people who have lost loved ones in service and for those who have suffered through tornadoes and other tragedies.