Saturday, 26 February 2011

Natural disasters and unrest in nations-why is it happening and what can we do?


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Sometimes amidst all the devastation with floods and earthquakes and with unrest and fighting going on around the globe, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. I know I have felt overwhelmed. Media footage of the devastation often has me in tears, as my heart aches for the people effected. It hadn't personally effected me until this week, when my own sister and brother-in-law, were evacuated from Lybia due to the uprising there.

So why are the natural disasters happening? Why are there uprisings and fighting occurring within nations? I believe that it is the beginning of the earth's birth pains as the earth awaits it's Creator's return.
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.{Matt 13:8-NLT}
This verse in Romans says that we too are feeling the birth pains- we are yearning for full deliverance. I am seeing this amongst His Bride (the church) and amongst individual Christ followers. There is change in the air. We are pregnant as a people. We are being enlarged as we wait. There is an air of expectancy of something new and fresh. This is not a time to shy away from the local church. Lean in and grow with other believers who are pregnant with expectancy. It's contagious.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. {Rom 8:22-25}
So we understand why these things are happening. What do we do about it? Firstly pray. Secondly, give, give and give some more. Give of your time, treasure and talent to those who are in need. For all of us, that will look a little different. What a great opportunity to be Jesus to others. No strings attached. Thirdly, keep trusting in Him. Don't give in to fear. Replace negative thoughts with His Word.
 
My friend Jeanne knows first hand what it is like to go through a natural disaster. Her home was flooded in the Victorian floods. She is in the process of rebuilding her life, and her home. She is coming to terms with the fact that many of her beloved pocessions were destroyed. Her family shared a house with up to 12 people while her home was cleaned up to the state that it was livable again.
 
Kelly was separated from her children during the Toowoomba floods during a terrifying few hours, not knowing if they were safe or not. She shared an honest post how she was struggling and a practical post on rebuilding after a crisis.
 

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My friends in New Zealand are using their time, treasure and talent to help out those effected in the Christchurch earthquake. Gail is walking to raise money and Kristy is making softies. They are also finding things to be grateful for and loving the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' that is their home.

Another friend, Joni writes on injustice all the time. She addresses the issue of keeping positive and trusting in Him when disasters occurs. She reminds us that:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. {Rom 8:28}
Know that God's heart breaks when He sees the devastation happening on the earth. The Earth has been slowly decaying ever since sin entered the world. It is not what He had intended for us, or His earth. But we know that this is not our home. This earth is temporary and our life here is but a vapor. Let's make it count. It's time for the Daughters of the King to rise up and bring solution to the earth - one person at a time.

Still taking lessons from the King,





14 comments:

  1. Wow, beautiful post Jo. I know God is working in and around me. He is everywhere I look and hear...... it's stirs within me that desire to "Rise Up".
    He has called ME by name. (Isaiah 43:1)
    For such a time as this.

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  2. JO,
    My spirit responds to your call to arms - "It's time for the Daughters of the King to rise up and bring solution to the earth - one person at a time."

    A little one shall become a thousand,
    And the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen. ~ Isaiah 60:22

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  3. Beautifully written Jo - was justing talking the other day to someone about the birth pangs of creation. xoxo

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  4. YES! Pregnant with expectation of full deliverance. Love it. Enlarged in the waiting. Love it. Great post, Jo.

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  5. Your post was very moving and thought provoking today. I too, have been moved to tears over the recent headlines in the news cncerning our precious earth. Wondering what does it all mean? Troubled by the heart ache of it all, and inspired to pray for those effected by it all. I am glad you wrote about this on your post... we should all be looking, seeing and feeling what is happening around us.

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  6. yes I totally agree!! Great post!
    - We usually live such comparatively comfortable lives in Australia & New Zealand... Perhaps these disasters are the shake up our nations need to stop being apathetic and seek God. I know many friends of mine have turned to prayer for the first time in many many years... Incredibly sad that it took all these natural disasters that have been pummelling our countries to make it happen, but now the seed is planted, it's our challenge as believers to water it along...

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  7. What a wonderful post. I am your newest follower. I found you at picket fence (Im Brighton Park, #24) and loved how you said instead of hoemschool teacher that you preferred "life coach". Oh, that is so true! Also, love this blog design. The vintage dress...wow! Look forward to reading more posts! Stop by and say hello. Love, katie

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  8. Great post Jo! I loved what you said "What a great opportunity to be Jesus to others. No strings attached." This is what I've been praying would happen out of all of this!

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  9. Such a beautiful post Jo. God is Good. Always. And Always. Blessed be His Name.

    I cling to that. I'm the in the process of writing a "what I believe" post and one of the things I want to talk about is why these types of things happen and how I can still have faith through such times.

    I watched my young Mother die, I see my sister battle cancer and chronic disease, I help my daughter understand her special needs. I've encouraged my husband through depression. I've experienced a natural disaster and felt so low....yet... God IS Good. He is the definition of Good. Always.

    I look back at every hardship and see the good God has brought out of it and I say "Thank you". God can (and will) bring good out of bad situations if we let him.

    This world is fallen. And there is so much sadness and hardship and struggle. Yet, in Him, all things exist and what a joy it will be: when we are perfect one day with Him.

    God Bless

    Kell xx

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  10. Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Jo. ♥

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  11. Amen, Jo! That is my perspective too. It can be overwhelming and scary, but we need to brace ourselves and say with David, "Though the mountains fall into the sea i will trust in you!"

    This is just the beginning and I often pray for wisdom to guide and strengthen our children who may just be among the worst of it.

    Thank you, Jo!

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  12. Love this post .. and the rich comments that have followed it
    xx

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  13. JO....such a great post. God has been speaking some similar things to me as well (enlarging), thanks for sharing....

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  14. i see we are from the same family Jo Princess Warrior! God's family!! i am xena princess warrior .. Guerrier on facebook, as fb didn't want to give me the name warrior, so i used the french word for warrior :-)

    You have a very nice blog!!

    xe

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Jo Princess Warrior xo