God is our refuge and strength,Psalm 46:1-3
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
This is what I call a beautiful disaster: A mess so big that will leave me no choice but to look at God. Disastrous, of course, because your whole world falls apart. Yet, beautiful because it leads you to God. It is the mess that leads us to recognize that we are in need of a Savior. God uses disaster to let us get closer to him. If everything would always go well in our lives, we would think we are self-sufficient and not seek the Lord. It is part of humanity, we like to think we always have it all together. Yet, God allows disaster to happen so it can teach us to seek him fervently.
The intimacy you develop in your moments of disaster will carry you through when life goes back to normal. It is the storms that teach us that God is our refuge. It is the moment of powerlessness that teach us that God is our strength. It is the moment we are disappointed by others that teach us that God is always ready. No matter what rises against us, we can rest assure that God will be there. This allows us to shift our attitudes towards disaster. Just as the Psalmist says: “So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge” for God is our refuge, strength and always ready. In other words, this attitude allows us to tell disaster “bring it on” because we may not be able to handle it but we know a God who can.
I have always had an issue when people say “God will not give you anything you can’t handle”. This is not found in the Bible and it is one of the lies we have been spoon fed growing up, implying a self-sufficient Gospel. God will allow for things that we cannot handle come our way. Why? So we may learn to depend on Him. He’s got it. After all, we can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength. Not through ourselves, not through our power or ability but through Christ alone. When I can’t, I AM can.
If you are reading this and you are in a disaster, shift your eyes to Jesus. The disaster is beautiful in itself. Believe me, it will lead you to Jesus when you learn to see above the mess. If your beautiful disaster is over, keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not engage in a pattern of self-sufficiency when things are going well. He is your sustenance and will see you through should disaster rise up again.