A week ago, our family woke up to celebrate our daughter Lauren’s birthday. It was just a normal Saturday morning, the kids had friends to sleep over, and we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then we proceeded to get ready for church. Lauren opened her gifts and was excited to get a Nepali dress that she could wear to church that day.
Church proceeded as normal, until the close of the service when earthquake struck. And in the blink of an eye, life here in Nepal changed.
This past week, the sounds of jets soaring above our house has been constant, as rescue teams have come from around the globe. Work has been done to find the living buried among the dead. Work has been done to get those wounded the medical treatment needed. Work has been done to provide tents, food, and water to those hit the worst. And the work continues, and will continue for months to come.
Today was kind of surreal, as we met in the church. It was to be honest quite unsettling to be up on the third floor. Yet, as I taught the children about the sovereignty of God, I taught myself. See, this earthquake did not take the Lord by surprise. This earthquake was not a shock to our God. And though it is tragic, and though life here has changed and the country is in turmoil. God is still on His throne.
Some may ask, why has God allowed this to happen, why did He allow some churches to collapse, why did He allow Christians to die in such a tragic way. I told the kids today, that though we can’t understand the ways of God. Though right now it doesn’t make sense. That I believe years from now we will be able to look back and see the hand of God. We will see how God took a horrific situation and used it for His good and for His glory.
Today, as we were on our way to church, we were on the public transportation. A young man who spoke great English struck up a conversation with us. He asked where we were from, (which is quite normal), but then he asked, why we were still here?
The Nepali people don’t understand why we would stay here, when we could leave. They don’t understand why we want to help their people.
Yet isn’t this why we came, so that we can be His hands and His feet?
In the blink of an eye, life here was forever changed. In the blink of an eye, families lost loved ones, and homes were destroyed. Yet, the reality is in each of our lives, that is all it takes. Whether in the States or on the mission field, lives are changed in the blink of an eye.
The question is not why God allows such things to take place, the question is are we ready if He does? Are we ready to stand before Him?
The question isn’t why, the question is will we praise Him even when tragedy strikes?
I don’t know where you are today, I don’t know what difficulties you may be facing. Yet, I do know that God is with you. He is walking right beside you. I do know that regardless of what happens, He is worthy of our praise, and has told us to give thanks in all circumstances.
I challenge you as He has challenged me to rest in Him. To rest in His sovereignty, and know that He is completely in control.