It's only Wednesday and it's been a tough week. The images of tornado damage in Oklahoma are heartbreaking. The lives disrupted and destroyed are hard to fathom from this distance.
While I watched and cried, I looked over at Carbon.
When life leaves me feeling helpless, discouraged and dispairing, I realize I have no power. Instead of this adding to a downward spiral, I turn to God. With all the pain, anger, confusion, I run to the One who ultimately has an understanding of what is so incomprehensible.
Joni Earickson Toda said, "God uses what He hates to obtain what He loves."
Now, I don't understand that, but I do believe it's true. While it's not always a comfort in the midst of a storm, it is a truth that runs deep and penetrates our soul as we emerge from a great sadness.
Pray for the people of Oklahoma, the people of Texas, the people all over the world - including your neighbor and yourself. Pray for more faith and conviction. Persevering through pain is not for sissies!