Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The news report show that the recovery from storm Matthew has begun all up and down the east coast. The cleanup is in full swing as residents and workers work quickly to regain some order. Webster’s dictionary says that to “recover” means to get back what was lost, regain, to bring back to normal position or condition. It sounds simple enough but it isn’t always easy to do on our own. Recovering from surgery, addiction to drugs or alcohol, or eating disorders can be difficult. Losing a marriage or even a job can be traumatic. Recovering from the loss of a loved one is often too hard to even talk about at times. Overcoming the recent devastation of property in a natural disaster can be devastating. And now, many will know something firsthand about recovery, as everyone attempts to return to some normalcy after the storm.
Some residents will handle the rebuilding process with ease and for others, it may be very difficult. Each person’s situation is different and it is not for us to judge his or her circumstances, but to offer help instead. But the one thing we all have in common is that many people are trying to recover from something, and we can look to God for the support, stamina and patience we need to be overcomers. Whether it’s recovering from Matthew as a community or something more personal, the approach to handling it is key to the success of recovery. Losses added up could cause bitterness in a person with roots reaching to the depths of the soul. Bitterness can open the door to the enemy. Sometimes there are no answers as to why things have happened and time spent saying “why me” is time wasted. God probes our heart and knows our thoughts and feelings. He knows our needs too. Keeping a positive outlook and good attitude will help the recovery go quicker. Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-7, 9