During the worst of Harvey, I was safely stuck at home watching the storm pass by. For reasons unknown, I went completely unscathed by the storm. The water levels rose too close for comfort towards my house, but never made it in. When the storm passed, I was able to sit on my back patio and witness the rain clouds part to reveal a beautiful, blue sky.
While I had a mild Harvey experience, what pains me is seeing all the tragedy happening around me. Every day I turn on the news, I hear another story of a person’s recap of their loss because of Harvey. They are going through the heartbreak of losing everything but their lives. People are being housed in shelters, sitting in an open space figuring out how to pick up the pieces of their lives. Others are assessing the damage of their homes that sat for days in 6-7 feet of water.
Through all this, there was almost 24/7 footage of rescues happening. As tragic as the circumstances were, I think it brought a lot of hope and encouragement to Houston as we watched selfless people using their time and resources to help those in need.
Tragedies bring humanity to a basic fact: People are valuable. They are worth saving. We, as people, did not create this philosophy, it was born in us. Genesis 5:1-2 says we were made in the image of God. That means we did not create a god that fits our characteristics. We are living copies of the real God who created us.
If you are questioning your value, take heart. What viewers witnessed on the news during Harvey is a confirmation that we inherently believe human life is to be preserved, protected, and treasured. That includes you.
So, when in doubt about your value, ask God. Ask Him for whatever you need! Try bringing this exercise into practice: when you have lack, ask God to provide in whatever way He chooses.
It’s easy to place expectations on God by believing you know how He should answer your prayers. Let go of the expectations and anticipate the creativity of His response. Do you believe you are valuable and worth saving? If not, ask God to show you that you are valuable. Look forward to His answer!