Enduring Trials

The church where I belong is in Dickinson, Texas and I drive mainly on a highway that goes through town going to it, but yesterday when I left from helping hand out supplies to Harvey victims, I went a different direction going home. While I’d seen sheet rock and household belongings out on the side of the road in some places previously, I’d not seen something like this from Harvey. These things piled high on both sides of almost the whole three or so miles I traveled down that street. Likewise, all the side streets looked the same way. It reminded me a lot of the way Galveston looked when my husband and I went there about three months after Hurricane Ike hit and overflowed the island from the Gulf and the Bay. The tremendousness of the loss hit me anew, even though I knew that my church alone had helped 331 different families the last week.

I haven’t been through that and can’t imagine exactly how it feels to see almost everything you own sitting on the street, waiting to be thrown into the trash. But I do know our heavenly Father’s Word to us:

Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God. Remember Who I am and know I am with you.

Hebrews 13:5b – “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  The constant presence of our Lord stays with us, no matter what our circumstances.

Matthew 28:20b – “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Jesus says.]

Isaiah 40:1 – Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

                Psalm 23:4-5a – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.   

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

                Philippians 4:19 – My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

I pray that these verses will give you hope and comfort whatever trial you may be enduring at this time.

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All verses are from the New International Bible.

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