On May 1-2, 2010, a 500-year flooding event struck Middle Tennessee. Over a 48-hour period, 16” of rainfall fell causing significant flooding and altering the lives of thousands of people. I remember this event very well because it left a significant impact on Cheatham County, Tennessee. I recall talking with people about the event and in several instances, those who were effected asked, “Why me, Lord?”
I dare say that there are people asking themselves the same question in parts of Texas today. On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane bringing 30”-40” of rainfall over a period of four days. Experts claim that when the total damage survey is conducted that the cost of damage from Harvey will exceed that of Hurricane Katrina. When we think back to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and other damaging weather events, how should someone approach the situation? Again, the natural human reaction is to get upset and throw our fists up at the Lord in an upset manner. Often a person’s faith can be so tainted after a damaging severe weather event that they give up on God completely. What should our response to a difficult situation be?
The writer of James comments on the trials of life that we are going to face in this life, and in verse three it says, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” The Lord does not cause difficult situations to occur in our life. Rather, He allows difficult situations to occur to mold us into the image of His Son. If you have experienced the damaging effects from hurricane Harvey, let me submit to you that instead of looking at the situation in a negative light, observe it from a positive light. Use this difficult time as a way to show those around you your faith in your Lord and Savior. By your example, you might have an eternal impact on someone’s life.