by Linda Veath
The loud—and I do mean LOUD—noise brought me up out of bed faster than a jack-in-the-box.
Oh no! Nellie! My 80-pound pit bull had fallen out of bed at 2:30 a.m. taking the large bedside table lamp with him. I hurried to the other side of the bed, arriving just as he crawled out from under the lamp. He gave me one of those dog looks that spoke volumes. WHY did you do that to me?
A quick perusal told me he was okay, and the lamp had no serious damage. He went back to sleep. I, on the other hand, did not.
My mind started wandering. With all that’s going on in the world right now, it feels as if the whole world has fallen off the bed. With a loud, unexpected boom.
How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen? but you do not save? ~ Habakkuk 1:2 NIV
We cry out to the Lord, asking how long must we deal with this? Why did you do this to us, Lord? Must we just sit here and wait while we are attacked by the enemy virus? Thousands are dying every day as we face an uncertainly of when it will end?
[The Lord answered] For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told …. Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets …. Though it linger, wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay. ~ Habakkuk 1:5; 2:2-3 NIV
We don’t know WHY or WHEN …. But we do know WHO. We know that no matter what happens, God is with us as we go through this storm. He is with those who are sick and dying. He will carry them through. Just as He will carry all of us through. It may be in a different way than we expect, but God’s way will always be perfect. And one day peace will return, and we will find normalcy again. Even if that normalcy is rejoicing with Him in heaven.
Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior. ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
We know that no matter what happens, God is with us as we go through this storm.
The world may have rolled off the bed but some day it will be whole again and we will see our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer in all His glory.
May all of God’s promises sustain us all in the days ahead. Amen.