Children pulled out the rubble dead.
Many pulled out alive.
I tried to tune out the terrible news, a typical suppressive defense mechanism that many of us employ in trying to stay sane. Than the article stated that there are dead children. Missing children.
One cannot but image oneself in that situation. Trying to find your children in the rubble.
An AP photographer wrote graphic details about taking pictures of children being rescued and passed from arms to arms. Oklahoma trauma center pictured as a disaster zone.
Why does this happen so often? Natural disasters, tragedies, shootings, epidemics, struggle to survive?
As Christians we turn to the Word of God for answers.
We find this in Romans 8:
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21thath the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
As we pray for the victims let’s focus on this message of Truth. Creation is subjected to fall, as humanity is subjected to sin. But it does not end there. If it were to end there we would be the most wretched people alive.
There is a hope in Christ, a hope of Redemption that goes beyond this temporary groaning of Creation and Flesh.
Keep Oklahoma in prayer tonight.