Storms in Spring

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Brad Mathias shares how to reassure our children of their safety amidst the tragedies they hear about on the news.

Every year we get hit. Every three months we get a major surprise --a shift in the weather and a reminder of how fast things can change, a renewed perspective for life and living. It seems that for those in middle America, the transition from Winter to Spring seems to be the most turbulent. Moist warm air from the Gulf collides with the remnants of an Arctic air mass and WHOOMPH! We get tornados and straight-line winds strong enough to blow eighteen wheelers off roads and house trailers off foundations.

Spring is beautiful and warm and full of new life, but it’s also often violent, traumatic and painful. Without a safe place to go in some storms, you could be at risk for a tragic event.

Some weeks, it seems one tragic news flash after another has scrolled across the TV screen or interrupted my radio station. The relentless pace of school shootings and the ongoing random acts of violence in cities and colleges across the USA have many on edge.

It feels like our world is starting to unwind itself a bit, fraying at the edges of sanity and bending back upon itself like an out of control episode of “24″ with the secret agent hero not quite getting to the bomb or shooter in time. And tragedy strikes. The hero doesn’t win the day and the innocent are lost. It’s WRONG.

As families of faith, we must remember that God is still in control,.He is the author and finisher of all things and His will cannot be stopped regardless of how crazy our world becomes.

Our comfort is in something and someone greater than the US Government or a positive report from Fox or CNN News. We have a source of strength that comes from more than our emotional resilience; it has roots in the most powerful hope that mankind has ever witnessed. Our faith has a rich history of God making good things out of bad and redeeming our past failures into future triumph. It’s the power of love unrestrained and its hopeful heartbeat is found in us, in those who follow and take the name of Christ for their own.

Spring is a turbulent season every year, especially in 2013, but for those who know where their strength comes from… in the midst of tragedy can be found peace no matter what’s going on outside our door. Our hearts are broken for the innocent lost and the senseless violence in our world, but in the end… as a Christian we have a way to find purpose and strength in the pain. Perspective that comes from knowing the King of Kings and faith in His ability to provide justice and meaning in all of the chaos around us.

For families with children, this Spring is an important time to intentionally reassure, comfort and maintain our normal patterns of living, keep our evening dinner times as families intact, and talk  about recent news events together. It is a fantastic way of showing our kids that they'll be okay.

Living our lives despite the dangers of a bombing is a real and tangible way we can show our kids that we are safe. We are secure in the truth of our faith and in the reminder that our families are being held together in the midst of this storm, just like any other spring storm, by a faithful God who cares for each of us deeply.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
 and he delivered them from their distress.
 He made the storm be still,
 and the waves of the sea were hushed.
 Then, they were glad that the waters were quiet,
 and he brought them to their desired haven.
 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wondrous works to the children of man! (Psalm 107:28-31 (ESV))

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