During the weekend of hurricanes and flooding, I searched daily for updates on the news networks to learn the current conditions. Looking at the live pictures and satellite images made me shudder. I tried to imagine places I’ve been, like Disney World, under water and with massive destruction to the rides, and beautiful Turtle Beach near Sarasota swept out into the ocean,
Much of what I heard on the news was commentary of what might happen, “If Irma goes west….” Reporters must feel a sense of helplessness when trying to share any good news when all they see is destruction.
Words can’t begin to tell the story of loss caused by natural disasters, including the Mexican earthquake and massive forest fires in the West, or from our person tragedies.
We look for words of wisdom during tragedies. This past weekend, did you hear words of comfort and hope from your pastor? Were there words of encouragement from the officials who can pull the purse strings of our government? Did your neighbors or friends express their heartfelt feelings with or without words?
When God told King Solomon he’d give him anything he wished, he asked for wisdom. Look into the Book of Proverbs for Solomon’s wisdom. We, too, can ask God for the gift of wisdom–especially during a time of trial–to share insight with others.
Lord, help us seek wisdom in the words we speak and in our actions. Amen.