As I see the tragedy in Oklahoma plastered across every news station and social media network I can’t help but feel heartache for them. Not only because of the lose, confusion, pain, and suffering they’re experiencing right now, but for that Very Next Step!
The Very Next Step!
It’s almost always the most difficult step to take.
You see, stepping, requires you to move FORWARD… We don’t walk backwards or sideways. We move FORWARD when were stepping (walking). And when tragedy strikes, the last thing we want to do is move FORWARD. We want to go BACK to the way it was, BACK to what was familiar, BACK to what was comfortable.
I’m not sure about you, but when tragedy strikes on my homefront (whether it’s the tragedy of loosing a family member, financial tragedy, health issues, marital tragedy, or the tragic growing pains of raising children in today’s world) I’ve been known to crawl in a mental hole and throw my hands up in defeat. Yep, you darn right I wanted what was familiar and comfortable. Yep, I wanted things to go back to the “way they were”. I didn’t want to process the pain any more than the people of OK.
Now hear me on this… I am in NO WAY “comparing” tragedies. I have NO idea of the pain that the people of Oklahoma are going through. NONE! While I have not suffered in the same way, I’ve suffreed none-the-less. While you may not have suffered in the same way, You too have suffered none-the-less.
While we may not handle our tragedies the same, one thing we can do together is walk FORWARD… One step at a time… One foot in FRONT of the other.
We can determine to grip the hand of our Lord, holding on for dear life, knowing fully that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6).
We can determine NOT to forget the vision that God has given us. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, ,it will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3)
Although we face our own devastating circumstances (tragedies), may we be comforted by the fact that Our Lord is NOT caught off guard, He sees ALL (Psalm 33:13). He’s not slow in keeping His promises (2 Peter 3:9), and His ways are NOT our ways (can I get an AMEN!) (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Dear Father, I pray that Your Spirit will reign down on the people of Oklahoma during this very difficult time. I pray that You will command Your angels concerning them Lord. That You would meet them at the point of their greatest need. That they may find comfort through Your people. May You get ALL the glory that is due to You Lord! Father, I pray that we too may be comforted by You, that we may be strengthened by You. I thank You for being a very personal God. A God that sees our pain, no matter how “little” or “big”, and sympathizes with us. Thank You for being that Rock that we can stand on. Thank You Father, for going before us. I pray that with EACH step that we take, we are reminded that Your grace is sufficient. Your grace is enough for our VERY NEXT STEP! Lord, may You be praised and worshiped. Thank You that in You our Joy is made complete. I pray all this, believing and expecting, In Jesus Name, Amen!!