May we always turn to prayer as our first response.
This past week, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of frustration and anxiety in the wake of Hurricane Harvey; worrying about friends in Houston, being stuck in Austin not able to take immediate action.
However, Paul reminds us in Romans to
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:12-13
As a very task oriented person, it’s easy for me to get caught up in tasks and actions that provide physical support. But sometimes the most I can give is to give it all up to the Lord through prayer. My anxiety and frustration was unwarranted when I had already done what I could, and could leave the rest to God.
It was amazing to see all the outpouring of love and hospitality to those hit by this tragedy. Youth counselors drove to Houston to help their families and friends rebuild, while Lighthouse prayed together for all of those in Houston. When I Snapchatted a counselor in Houston of our prayers for him, he told me how encouraging our prayers were for him and his family, showing that showing hospitality through both prayer and action are remarkably intertwined.
For anything you face, don’t be anxious if you feel like you aren’t doing enough, or if the situation isn’t getting better as quickly as you’re wishing. Be patient and constant in prayer and know that even in the greatest tribulations, there is hope in God.