Sometimes an event happens in life where you have no other choice but to walk by faith. You feel so helpless, so weak, so distant, so inadequate you have only your knees to fall upon. You have come to the end of self, and the beginning of Tribulation Road". We spend our life avoiding it but sometimes life sends a detour and we are forced to travail it. We have a choice to make;
- Go alone, or,
- God with God
Here is how we traveled down "Tribulation Road"
When we got the first call to inform us of the fire breaking out we were over 4 miles from home on our bicycles. Not a great distance for Tish & myself, but our daughters were on their new bikes adjusting to their new sizes. Cameron is 7 and barely reaches the floor. I had to leave them a block behind while I raced to catch up to my wife. She had got a head start on us. Fortunately she caught a light and glanced back and saw me speeding to her. When I caught up to her I had to catch my breath and tell her the news. Shock set in and then my girls rolled up and we had to tell them the news as well. We had to go as fast as we possibly could and get home so we could go to grandmas. Poor little Cameron was peddling so fast her little feet kept coming off the pedals and getting hit as they came around again. By the time we made it home, her shins were bloodied and bruised. That didn't stop her though. She grabbed a box of bandages and ran to our truck. We prayed as we drove.
Brandy, Cameron & Alyssa have been raised in a home that loves & Fears the Lord. They know the path to salvation is found in Jesus. They have all served since they could talk. Brandy has spent 11 days on the mission field helping the indigenous people of the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua. We all love God's Word, and strive to honor Him in all we do. We do stumble and fall, but we trust in God's Word and His Holy Spirit to correct us when needed.
We experienced all kinds of feelings on our drive to El Monte,CA. Fear, anger, confusion, worry, stress, & anxiety.
We also felt peace, hope, love, strength, and God's presence.
As we arrived on the scene my wife and girls jumped out of the truck as I went to park. I approached the area where everyone had assembled. I greeted my mother-in-law with a warm embrace and a kiss. I whispered in here ear these words.
Beauty for ashes
The Word of God began to minister to my heart. I thought of all the times God restored that which sin had destroyed. The temple, Joseph and his brothers, Israel, Earth after the flood. Or the blind mans sight, the lame mans legs, the woman with the life long bleed. The child loosed from the demon spirit. Over and over God has shown His power to restore. Why would we doubt His ability to make a new home for our mother. Did He not speak everything into existence?
In Genesis 1:1 we read;
The word created is the Hebrew word בּרא "bârâ' pronounced 'baw-raw'. It literally means to make something from nothing. Only God has the ability to do that. Then there is this from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians.
In this tragedy, we have been tasked with the duty to give glory to God. To trust him without doubt. To serve those in need. To lift up the name of Jesus and love our neighbor. If God could create everything from nothing, is it a leap of faith to believe God could provide a home?
This is the aftermath of the house fire on May 11th, 2015. The family lost everything.
Pastor Jon Courson pours his heart out in "A Future and a Hope". I recommend this book to anyone who is going through a trial.