Posted by: harbisonb | March 20, 2018

Glorious Day

Just down the road from us this morning two cities are in ruin after a devastating tornado ripped through them last night.  Homes are damaged, apartment buildings are missing floors, people are misplaced and have lost every posession.  It real. It’s raw. It’s fresh.  It’s the talk of the day. The thing on everyone’s mind.

Last night as my family of three huddled together in our closet, my daughter asked me something.  She said, “Mom, why does God make storms like this?”  I replied that sometimes he uses storms for various reasons to speak to us and remind us how powerful He is. He reminds us that no matter how much control we think we have, HE IS IN CONTROL.  She then immediately began to pray out loud, calling on God to keep us and others safe.

Every time I have checked on social media today my eyes have filled with tears.  Tears yes, for those who have lost so much but mostly tears because for this moment there is peace.  Peace? What?  Didn’t you just say there is terrible devastation? Yes, but what I have seen is people from all walks of life putting their differences aside and working together for one common goal.  That makes me need the tissues.  There is so much hate in the world.  So many protests, gun violence, bullying, the list could go on and on.  But here and now in our little corner of the world there is peace.  Is everything in shambles? Yes.  Is our God in shambles? No.  Working together brings peace.  If I were to drive to the neighboring town that is hurting so badly this afternoon I would see people of all colors, religions and creeds working together.  That’s peace.  That’s Jesus.

I truly believe that God uses these unfortunate circumstances to remind us that we need each other.  We may not agree with each other.  You know what….thats OK!  But, we need each other.  More than that, we need Jesus.  He is the calm in our storms.  The One that brings us through these places of devastation in our lives.

Last Sunday at our church we sang a song called “Glorious Day” and I almost took off running around the room. Had a bapticostal moment there in the choir loft.   It reminded me that there was a time when I was destined for the grave, buried under the weight of my sin and shame.  Then, He called my name.

See the lyrics below….

I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight
It was my tomb
Till I met You
I was breathing, but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb
Till I met You
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all I know
The old made new
Jesus, when I met You
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
I needed rescue
My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter
I was an orphan
But You call me a citizen of heaven
When I was broken
You were my healing
Your love is the air that I’m breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day

 

Some of you or your loved ones literally escaped the grave last night by the grace of God.  Read the words of this song.  Let them sink in.  Just like these buildings and homes that are covered and buried with debris, some of us are still buried underneath our sin and shame.  It’s your tomb. It was my tomb until Jesus called my name.  Why stay trapped? Why live in bondage when you can live in freedom?  Has he been calling?  Now is the time to peek through the rubble, see Him, hear Him and RUN.  Run out of that grave.

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