Do you know what that is?
That’s the imprint of a butterfly wing on my Gdawg’s bug hunting finger.
He loves to catch them and whether he uses a net…
or his sweet little hands…
he gets the job done.
And don’t worry…
the butterfly lived because he’s just that good…
I snapped the picture because I couldn’t believe the perfect imprint of the wings left such an impression on his skin.
I understand about imprints and the way living things can be impressed on us.
We have been to the places impacted by storms being reported in the news today.
there are people all in the path of that storm who have left an imprint on our hearts.
There are people we have never met whose lives and home and stories are shattered by water and wind.
And those people have left an imprint on God’s heart.
And in the midst of it all we turn to Him because we know He could still any storm.
Yet sometimes He doesn’t.
And we can ask why…but whether He answers or not…and how could we even understand if He did…
He is still God
He is still Sovereign
And even when we cannot understand, we can know…
He is good…
He is faithful…
like Job, I bow my head and lift up weak hands.
And I pray….
We asked you to calm the storm, yet it rages on. Homes are destroyed. Schools no longer stand. Businesses are devastated.
Not just in our own country but along small islands where they already had so little.
Our son-in-law just returned fresh from Haiti with pictures of a man smiling as he was handed keys to his brand new home.
And we hear of the island that is so very poor is now rocked with earthquakes.
We wonder…is the work that was done, now undone?
This world is wearing out Lord.
You said it would.
We see the signs and still think we can manage it with politics and technology and enough forecasting by meterologists and scientists and ideology.
But we can’t.
So we spread out our fallen and broken selves before you.
We ask for mercy Lord.
Mercy for ourselves.
Mercy for those who are walking amongst the rubble of what used to be the place of their existence.
And we pray God for eyes to see beyond the temporal of this world.
We have hearts and minds and souls that long for eternity.
In the pain and sorrow and fallen condition of this world, we pray.
Lead us to Your heart.