If we have watched the news at all the last few days, we have witnessed how devastating a storm can be. Winds and a wall of water swallow houses, cars, possessions in an instant. The normal beauty of everyday creation has been washed away as hundred year old trees are uprooted, shorelines are changed, animals of the ocean are washed where they shouldn’t be. A hurricane cuts and tears, and only solid foundations survive its unbridled fury. But those foundations can be used for rebuilding after the storm. Those foundations are standing because someone had the foresight to build in such a way to survive the storms of life.
In the Book of Job, Job was tested. With a life filled with prestige, possessions, and people, he was suddenly assaulted on every side, devastated, stripped down to the foundation. But his life had been built on God and he endured. The story of Job is a gripping drama of riches-to rags-to-riches, a theological lesson about suffering and God being sovereign. It is truly a lesson that faith endures.
Molly Monroe, raised in Carmel and baptized at Carmel UMC as a baby, shared with us Sunday morning her story of life not going as planned, unexpected and undesired loss, yet how she grew in her love and understanding of God through it all. If you missed this wonderful message, you can watch it here or via the Carmel UMC app.
In the coming weeks we will dig more deeply into the Book of Job looking for the wisdom from Job’s life and the presence of God for when we face life’s tragedies. Maybe you have survived life’s storm(s) so you have a story that connects. Perhaps you have not yet experienced a storm of life but someone you know has. I personally have endured life’s storms and have journeyed with many who have also. Through it all, I do know that I was strengthened in the ways because I built my foundation before the storms came and found hope to persevere and survive.
I hope that you will be a part of this series. Maybe you have a family member, neighbor, friend or workmate who may also benefit from these messages. Invite them to join you on Sunday mornings!!!