There's no shortage of media coverage regarding the flooding in TX. Likewise, there's no shortage of those who want to help. Whether it's raising funds on social media or local charities coordinating delivery of needed supplies, everyone wants to contribute in some way to ease the devastation and suffering.
Although the flooding didn't directly impact me, family and friends have recently experienced their own "storms." Just as I've found ways to support the flood victims, I've found ways to support my family and friends. Usually it's by praying and by being a sounding board.
In times of struggle, stress, and hardship, we may not feel that God is present. But I believe he's with us through it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I recall watching an interview years ago between Oprah Winfrey and author Mark Nepo. I don't recall the book he discussed, but I vividly recall his painful description of navigating cancer in his thirties. He described being in the corner of a room on the floor, in severe pain. His wife was beside him and questioned where God was. In that dark moment, with little hesitation, Mark responded that God was there with them.
I remember being awestruck. I found it profound that this man was battling cancer and in such immense pain, and yet still felt that God was with him. I can only imagine it would have been very easy for him to question, along with his wife, the presence of God.
To be honest, I clearly remember only that one aspect of the interview. I don't recall his life's journey up to the point he was diagnosed with cancer. I have a vague recollection of him discussing that his life was better after cancer, and his belief that we can choose to transcend the challenges we encounter.
I believe God is present, always. I believe he's with the flood victims. I believe he's with my family and friends. I believe He's present in any challenge, large and small and that we can see His goodness if we're willing to look for it.
Be open to what comes.