Monday’s Music Moves Me
Once again we arrive at a “Your Choice” week on the 4M calendar. I haven’t really thought much about this post. While we are high and dry here in Northwest Arkansas, much of our state is underwater with historic all time record flooding. Northeast Oklahoma is experiencing much of the same thing as the Arkansas River basin is full, the ground is soaked and there is just no place for the water to go. People have lost their homes who never thought that they would ever be touched by flood waters and they have no flood insurance. It will take weeks for the waters to recede and the river to return to it’s banks. From Tulsa to Ft. Smith the Arkansas River is out of control.
River Spirit Casino – Tulsa, OK
Ft. Smith, AR
It will be a couple of weeks before people can return to their homes and clean-up can begin. While these are a strong willed, courageous, pioneer breed of people, the endless rain, flood and now the restoration process will wear on the body, mind and soul. Keep these fellow Americans in your thoughts and prayers throughout the coming days.
I have always found music to be satisfying to the soul and in this time of difficulty, I have always turned to the music that points me to the Creator. Regardless of my situation, my Creator is there to give me strength, courage, compassion, faith, and perseverance. Whenever we feel like we have been abandoned and forgotten by God, it is good to remember the words of Charles Spurgeon, “The one who hung the stars and knows each of them by name is in no danger of forgetting about one of His children.” So, what music encourages you during the tough times?
At first all may seem to be lost and our faith may be hanging by a thread, but even a little faith can get us through to the next day. Our God knows our situation and is ever present, even if all seems lost…keep the faith.
When disaster strikes and someone we love finds themselves in a state of shock and faced with rebuilding their life, it is difficult to find the right words of encouragement and comfort. Most of the time they don’t need the cliches and standard Bible quotes that will come their way. They need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, and an ear to listen to their story. They need some one to come along side them and walk with them. There is a time for all of the encouraging words, but not right now.
What really makes a difference in the lives of people during challenging times is love. The love of God expressed through His people to those in need by providing food, shelter, help in cleaning up and just being there for those who are suffering. The most uplifting thing in this life is love. Love lifted me.
When you’re in the middle of the storm it is hard to see that peaceful shore. The life you once called normal seems to far away and impossible to reconstruct. For the believer, faith tells us that our life may be different, but everything that comes into our life comes with the purpose of bringing us closer to our Creator, giving us a testimony of faith, and bringing honor to the God of all creation. No matter what my situation, it is well with my Soul. Have a blessed week.