There is so much pain, darkness, and strife right now in the world. It breaks my heart.
Christians around the world are being persecuted and martyred just because of their belief in a loving and just God.
Mass shootings and terrorist attacks killing innocent people for no apparent reason happen so often now that it doesn’t seem to shock me anymore. Saddens me, angers me, drops me to my knees in prayer, but doesn’t shock me.
Natural disasters occur continuously, changing with the seasons and seem to be intensifying with frequency and destruction; tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, floods, and fire.
Right now it is the California fires that torment my heart. I used to live somewhat close to that area. The pictures of people in cars trying to flee that didn’t make it, whole towns and communities destroyed, it is horrible! The death count now is up to 50 and the possibility to climb into the hundreds. I can only imagine the pain of survivors and family as they wait for news of their loved ones.
I took this picture this fall when a thunderstorm was building. When I saw it, it gave me goosebumps. The bright spot right in the middle looks like an angel to me.
All I could think of was a couple of lines from the song, “Days Of Elijah.”
“And though these are the days of great trial, of famine, and darkness, and sword……Behold He comes, riding on the clouds, shining like the sun at the trumpet call. Lift your voice, it’s the year of Jubilee and out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes!”
Today I am thankful for God’s promise, that we will soon see that bright spot, Jesus, coming back, riding on the clouds, bringing eternal life to all who love him.