Archive - May, 2011

Good in the Midst of Disaster

Myself and several others from our church went up to Dadeville last Saturday to help in any way we could with the relief effort from the ef-4 tornado that hit that area hard. We got there and were given a couple of places to drive to and see if anyone needed help. As we drove down this one road and then down another and eventually out to a point on the lake where several houses were, I found myself speechless and stunned by the destruction. Homes completely obliterated and debris strown everywhere you looked, and huge pine trees twisted and snapped in half. It was somewhat chaotic as power company trucks were trying to get certain areas, clean up crews were maneuvering equipment into tight places and property owners were trying to salvage personal items. We helped this elderly lady (she was in the house during the tornado) move furniture, pictures, china and anything that was still in tact to a trailer where someone else was ready to haul it to warehouse. The interior walls of her home had been lifted up off the floor and then dropped. But while the walls were up in the air, several items were blown up under the walls before landing back on the floor. I found a picture frame holder sticking our from under a wall! Her garage was picked up and moved 30 feet. The front door casing along with the French doors were sucked out and blown somewhere unknown. It was shocking.

Our new friend was so thankful that her life was spared and grateful that we had come to help. She was so amazed that we had just showed up out of nowhere! She cried as she expressed her appreciation. We prayed with her, her family and some other helpers before we left. Galatians 6:9-10 comes to mind in light of our time spent serving this lady. It says,

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

I really believe our church gets this! I love being the pastor of a church that wants to reach out to people. I also believe our state gets this! I’m proud to live in a state that takes care of it’s own people. I really believe God designed every person with the capacity to do good and reach out to others in need. (whether we exercise that ability or not is up to us). Sometimes helping makes us tired and is not always easy. It costs something to help others. But, there is a return on that work. God is taking our effort and turning into good that sometimes is seen and oftentimes isn’t.  The success of our effort is when it’s done ultimately to the glory of God.

So, keep up the good work.