Thursday, January 14, 2010

Is God in Haiti?



I love Jesus and I try to follow God's teaching in the Bible. But I don't know God's mind. Isaiah 55:8 says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

So when I look at the TV and see the devastation in Haiti, I wonder "What are you doing, God?" So many people dead. So much destruction. So much pain.

I believe that God is completely in control and so when I hear someone say God had nothing to do with this quake, I don't agree. I also cringed when I heard Pat Robertson imply this earthquake happened because Haiti is under a curse because of a pack with the Devil the country made years ago. Really, Pat? Seriously? I don't think so.

What I do believe is that God is a weaver of a tapestry. A beautiful masterpiece. We cannot see the front, just the back and the mess of knotted threads. Corrie Ten Boom wrote about God's tapestry after she visited a man dying of polio. Why would God allow this man to suffer so much? Only God knows the beautiful tapesty He is weaving through this man's misery. Only God.

I believe that part of God's weaving is what is going on in Haiti. Do I believe He caused it? I believe He either caused it or allowed it. But of course, He knew it was going to happen. He's God. He can take this horrible earthquake and make some wonderful things happen, even as He is comforting those in tremendous pain.

I watched two people die, including my mother. I've lost my father and other relatives. I have counted and I've been to twenty funerals, all of people who I knew
well. Friends when I was in school died. I've had two close neighbors commit suicide. Students I've taught have died. I am a little acquainted with grief and death.

And last year, I spent a month wondering if my husband was going to have brain damage for the rest of his life.

True, I've never had my house crumble or lived through a disaster like those in Haiti. I don't claim to understand what they are going through. But I know what I have experienced. I know that God uses pain and grief like threads weaved to make a beautiful picture.

So is God in Haiti right now, right this moment? ABSOLUTELY. He is comforting and loving so many. He is sitting right now with a mother who lost her child. He is holding a woman who doesn't know where her husband is. He is giving strength to a man's arms to move rubble and find folks. He is stroking the hearts of the orphans who are wondering what's next? He is gathering with the MANY Christians in Haiti laying His hands on them to do His work in the flesh. He is whispering to those who don't know Him that He is there and wants to have a relationship with them. He is on the planes landing with supplies and food. He is giving faith to those close to the Archbishop who died, assuring them that His Grace is dancing with the King. He is there! I believe this with all my heart.

May those in Haiti realize His presence and embrace His love for them. May those like you and I, sitting safely in front of our laptops, PRAY for them and GIVE money to the Red Cross or reputable organizations like New Missions. May our Lord pour out His strength and grace upon all those dealing with this tragedy.

11 comments:

Michele Cushatt said...

Beautifully written, Robbie. You gave voice to many of the thoughts we all wrestle with. And I believe, too ... God IS there, bleeding right along with so many others.

Joanna said...

The Bible instructs us to mourn with those mourn. I've been thinking about this all morning once I heard what Pat Robertson said. You covered every point I thought about. Good post, Robbie.

Robbie Iobst said...

Michele and Jo, THANK YOU for reading this and affirming my words. Lord, please be with those folks in Haiti!

denise said...

Heartfelt post, Robbie. I could feel your tenderness toward these people as I read. My hope is that this tragedy will cause Christians to behave with love toward the Haitians, and that it would also open the hearts of the Haitians to accept the love of Christ.
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Robbie Iobst said...

Denise, thank you and amen! :0)

smithsk said...

He is there.
May this disaster focus us on the desparate situation in Haiti even before the earthquake hit: the spiritual darkness of Voodoo, the dysfunctional government, the corruption in high places ...
May the Light of the Gospel and the Love of God cover this troubled nation.

Robbie Iobst said...

Amen Susan! :0) Thank you!

Praise and Coffee said...

Beautiful, thank you.
Sue

Robbie Iobst said...

Sue, thank you for stopping by! I checked out your website and now have something to pray about. :0) Praise and Coffee is a great idea!

Cheryl Barker said...

I agree with you, Robbie. God is there, with them every step of the way. Some things we just won't understand until we're on the other side of the tapestry...

Blessings to you this week, Robbie!

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