that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
The destruction of wind and waves became truly evident in 2004 as four hurricanes pummeled the Florida coast and left ruins throughout the state. The following year Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding area. Viewing twisted and fallen trees and homes that were washed away from the storm, we wonder how calm, gentle seas can create such havoc on the landscape and in the hearts and lives of so many. Yet in the midst of it all, many who experienced it were in awe of the physical treasures uncovered amidst that destruction.
Deep within each believer is a treasure that sustains us in our battered storms of life and the pounding surge of sorrow or grief. Although havoc may be washing over us, our hearts remain faithful and true and, in God’s time, we understand that the true treasure in our lives is Christ Himself. Jesus is the constant, gentle Comforter who embraces us through His Word and assures us that through His Spirit, He will grant us a strength that is from Him and not from us. In His time, we grow to understand the significance of His love and the price He paid for our redemption, even in and through the devastation going on in our lives.
Dear Jesus, even when my life is battered and swallowed up in grief and sorrow, You remain as my greatest treasure, and no one can take that away. Amen