GOOD FROM DISASTER! In spite of our best efforts disaster often happens; a flood is one of those things. As I mentioned in yesterdays’ reflection so it was in Trinidad. The rains came and the rivers and drainage ditches overflowed. The yards, streets, houses and businesses filled with water despite the owners’ best efforts to stop the rising waters from entering their habitats. A lot of people lived in misery as they waited for the waters to recede so they could begin the clean-up. For many it will take years to recover and for all those affected life may never be the same again. But out of the flood disaster in Trinidad many people stepped forward to demonstrate the love of God even in bad situations. It is amazing how in the trials of our souls Christians step forward to meet the challenges and help those around them. We have seen it in the events of hurricanes and tornados in the United States and now we have seen it in Trinidad in the great flood. One big difference between the two countries of the United States and Trinidad is the amount of resources available to help people who are in need of the very basics of life.

The Christians at Cornerstone of Grace Fellowship in Trinidad are not mighty in number or resources and most of the congregational members were affected by the flooding themselves but they stepped forward to help fellow church members and those in the surrounding community. This was not an easy task when the water was still an obstacle to movement and resources were limited. The church building was not affected by the flooding though the area around it was flooded. For this the congregation was thankful and they responded by using the building to help others. The church family reached out to the community by serving lunch at the church facility. The church also home delivered lunch to families who were still cleaning or had no transport because the cars were flooded out.

The bible says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” (Galatians 6:2 NIV). As situations arise in our lives, like the flooding in Trinidad, it would be well for us to help our brothers and sisters in Christ if we are able. The bible says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them,” (Hebrews 6:10 NIV). The people of Cornerstone worked in the middle of the flooding to help others while they themselves also suffered. They are good examples of God’s people putting Scriptural principles into action. The people of Cornerstone have been faithful to Jesus as they have served in a country among Hindus and Muslims and they serve all people in their needs as well. God can bring much good from disaster and the good news of Jesus will be seen by faith in action.

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis)

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