I’m in Bangledesh at the moment, just beginning to explore the situation with the Rohingya, Muslim refugees who have very recently fled Burma to survive significant atrocities & even death. There are likely close to 700,000 Rohingya now in Bangledesh, living under plastic tarps & trying to make the best of a deplorable situation.
Admirable credit goes to the Bangledesh people for being gracious & generous with these displaced people. Everyone is trying to bring some good out of an horrific situation.
Here are some fundamental principles that are useful regardless of the atrocities:
Forgiveness isn’t optional – keep your heart poison free
Look for the positive
Keep your hearts tender to Jesus’ input.
These pictures show some beautiful people & the gorgeous countryside here.
This sounds like a Dr Seuss blog, but alas, the Taiwan typhoon was not fiction. In actual fact it was very real & one of the worst in recent history. I’m writing about this because I’m with Saving Moses in Cambodia presently & this typhoon created some travel challenges. I was super concerned because my team of 25peeps was flying through Taiwan in almost the same time as the typhoon was supposed to land – nail biting & heavy prayer ensued. Long story short, the team made it safely without incident. I on the other hand had a more circuitous experience. Instead of flying into Taiwan, I decided to fly avoid the typhoon & fly north through Korea & bypass the storm. Seems to me that life is often like this recent typhoon experience. We can see possible trouble brewing on the horizon & we do everything to avoid it. But sometimes God has us fly through a storm maybe so we can know that God is mighty enough to keep us through a storm.
My efforts to avoid the typhoon were extremely tiring & I spent lots of energy / time to stay away. Perhaps we should trust God more than what we see or know in our natural thinking. God can help us avoid storms & God can keep us as we go through storms. Seems to me that the best lesson is to keep our focus on & trust in God more than any storm 🙂
The eastern part of the US has been overwhelmed with snow this week, creating massive amounts of chaos, hardship & even some death. I saw a picture from inside a persons house with the door open & snow all the way to the top of the door!
Generally, we don’t like storms for lots of reasons (harmful, destructive, inconvenient, etc). But I’d like to propose that sometimes storms solve problems. Take for example Jonah’s storm – the storm solved his problem of disobedience. Or the storm when Jesus walked on the water. This storm helped Jesus’ disciples to get better at believing & move away from doubting. Sometimes storms can give us some very helpful solutions. Here are a few pointers that might help you with getting solutions from storms:
*focus – keeping our eyes on & confidence in Jesus helps us not to become storm victims
*solution oriented – is a storm a helpful way to reorganize your priorities?
*future – after the storm, consider that God may have brought you to a place of hope & promise 🙂
Feel like you’re in a storm? Are you having a difficult time with life? Sometimes we feel like we’re drowning & we’ve neglected to put on our “floaties”. I go through times like this & feel like I’m going to drown in problems – but here’s some really cool help:
I was thinking about how Peter got out of the boat in a storm & walked with Jesus – such a powerful metaphor for us when our life is stormy. Jesus’ disciples were in the middle of a storm & were struggling to stay afloat & when Jesus came strolling along in the middle of the storm, walking on the water, they freaked out!! Peter asked Jesus to get out of the boat & walk to Him – Jesus said, “Yes!” So here’s some help for you in a storm: with Jesus, any storm can be a stroll.