…though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.
- Lamentations 3:23-33
In late March, the western part of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu was afflicted by massive flooding. Roads, bridges, and homes were destroyed, displacing thousands. With little or no access to radio and television during the storms, many turned to the internet. Prayers filled the message boards. They ranged from simply “God help us!” to prayers asking God to let the waters to recede and ease pain and suffering. There were even reminders of the promise that, no matter how bad the flood was, it would never reach that of the days of Noah.
The most humbling to me was the prayers of praise. People were giving prayers of thanks for God’s love, saying that even though they did not understand why this was happening to them, they knew that it was part of God’s master plan for the people of Fiji and that his plan was one for good, and not harm.
When your waters rise, whatever they may be, will you trust God and his plans for you? Will you run to him with praise in the face of suffering?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 29:11