BY: RUSSELL MCLAUGHLIN
May 11, 1970 will be a date I will never forget. I spent much of the night in my grandparent’s cellar while a destructive tornado devastated much of the city of Lubbock, Texas. It was one of the worst tornadoes in Texas history, and is the most recent F5 tornado to have struck a central business district of a large city. I remember seeing my grandfather’s machine shop demolished. We never forget moments like those, because they deeply impact our lives and often challenge our faith. Troublesome times no matter what they are can be hard to deal with.
I remember a story about a good man who lost his job during hard times and soon spent all the savings he had. As a result of his misfortune, he eventually lost his home and most of his earthly possessions. His grief was multiplied with the death of his wife of some forty years. All he had left was his faith and trust in God, but even that was shaken.
One day as he searched the neighborhood for work, he stopped to watch some men who were doing the stonework on a church building. One of the men was skillfully shaping a triangular piece of rock. Not seeing a place for it to fit in, he asked, “Where are you gong to put that?” The workman pointed toward the top of the building and said, “See that little opening way up there on top? That is where it goes. I’m shaping it down here so it will fit in up there.” The word’s kept turning in his mind, “shaping it down here so it will fit in up there.” He found new meaning in his own difficult situation.
I know some of you are going through your own troublesome times. You may be experiencing heartbreak and sorrow. Perhaps you are enduring a painful physical illness. Whatever your situation, hold to your faith in God. These difficulties will not last forever. They are only temporary, but faith is everlasting. Keep praying. Keep believing in the crucified, resurrected Christ. Tough times will come; we must have faith that can sustain us.
Paul said, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
James says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
Let us all focus on God and have faith in Him. Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal.