Disaster movies have been a favorite of moviegoers for a long time. Whether they show aliens invading and seeking to destroy the earth, giant earthquakes that appear to split the world in half, tsunamis that overturn ships, bugs overrunning the world, or anything else you can imagine, movie buffs flock to them. One common theme in all of them, though, is the hero who stands out and saves the world, or at least many of those involved in the disaster. Disasters bring out the worst in people, but they can also bring out the best in them as well.
I don’t know how I would do in a real disaster. If you’re like me, you may even joke that a movie made about your life must be a disaster movie. Especially on THOSE days. You know the kinds of days I mean. Things start going wrong from the minute you wake up until the minute you try to go to sleep. Even when you lay down at night, your mind is racing from all the issues that still need to be dealt with after the day and you can’t fall asleep. It is on those days that we must cry out to God and seek His mercy. “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)
If anyone faced disasters it was David. He had been anointed king by Samuel. Instead of being able to take office right away, David had to wait on Saul. David had reverence for God and wouldn’t overthrow Saul, because God had anointed him at one time also. Saul feared David, so he attacked David and sent him into exile. From then until Saul’s death, David was on the run. It seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong; it seemed like everything that couldn’t go wrong, went wrong. He suffered abuse and insults from kings like Saul and from common people like Nabal as told in the story from the Old Testament readings the last few days. Instead of cursing his situation, though, David sought God. He sought His mercy and he sought His presence in refuge. He also had faith and hope that the disaster would pass.
A friend of mine once told me that his favorite words in the Bible were “…and it came to pass….” His point was that nothing is ever permanent. So, that disaster of a day that you’re having now? It will pass. At the same time, that amazing day when everything goes right will also pass. The persecutions of my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world? That will pass. (Although to be honest, I sure would like it to pass more quickly.) We live in a sin-filled world, so we will experience troubles and disasters. While we are waiting for those troubles and disasters to pass, we must throw ourselves on the grace and mercy of our Lord. Remember how much He loves you. Remember that He continues to show us grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. In the midst of adversity, lean on Him to get you through things. Then, when the trouble is over, you will realize that you have grown stronger in your faith because you dealt with your troubles by trusting in God. Maybe they could make a disaster movie about your life. If they do, remember that each of those movies has a hero who brings redemption. God, in His mercy and grace, sent Jesus to bring redemption in the midst of our disaster.
Oh Lord, there are times when I am a walking fount of disaster. Sometimes that happens because of my mistakes, sometimes it happens because of what others do. Whatever the reasons may be, Lord, I need You to take care of me. Grant me mercy and grace to endure through the difficulties. Remind me of Your sheltering presence to protect me. Let me live victoriously through the disaster so that others might see Your glory and power.