Puerto Rico

Jeremiah 33:2-6unnamed “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name,  Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. For thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah which are broken down . . . Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them, and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.”

This morning I was reading this verse as part of our F260 Bible reading plan and thinking about my recent Puerto Rico trip.  The picture above is the home that an 89-year-old man put together from the remains of his home destroyed by hurricane Maria eleven months ago.  It is a home that one of the World Changers teams will be rebuilding in the next two weeks. It is just one home of many blue-tarped homes through the island that is lacking power and an adequate shelter.  The island still is struggling with power and numerous schools are closing because thousands are people leaving the territory.  This community feels neglected by the U. S. government to whom the island belongs as a territory.  There is a feeling of isolation and abandonment and impending fear as the hurricane season cranks up again.

These same feelings were being felt by the people of Judah as they were exiles in Babylon.  God gave the above passage to let the people know they were not forgotten or forsaken, but the broken state would be temporary.  Restoration would occur and the end result would be better than the original state, not just despite, but because of the current brokenness.  As Puerto Rico reminded me, we are still in a very broken world, but God still has His promises of redemption.  In fact, until the Lord returns, those with Christ in their lives, are to be vessels of His redemption.  In Puerto Rico, I didn’t see much activity of FEMA but I did see God’s people at work.  What is broken around you? Pray for God to lead us in ways to show and bring restoration.  Don’t be surprised when the path of restoration comes at a sacrifice to you, that is the way of Christ, it is the way of the cross.  Do you feel abandoned and forgotten?  You are not! Wait on the Lord who died and rose again for you.

Jarrod Scott


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