Greetings from Northern California — home of the lightning, fires, distressing air quality, recent heat wave (temps around 106F), power outages, and starting yesterday, orange skies.
Yes, you read that right. Depending on where you live in the northern part of the state, the sky was anywhere from a red/burnt orange to a tan/brown color (which is what it was like where I live). No sun — it has long since been blocked out by the smoke — just bright, brown sky and ash on nearly every visible surface. Once again, we’ve had to shutter our windows and doors and hope that these terrible fires will one day be extinguished. I woke up yesterday morning to a brown sky raining down ash, the likes of which I have never seen in all of my 44 years anywhere. By all accounts, our skies may be like this for some time.
Ironically, these reflections bring me to today’s quote by Warren Wiersbe — I can’t help but wonder: how are we as believers to hold on to faith when everything around us looks bleak? I know that￼￼ California surely has not cornered the market on tragedy by any means, but here is my question for you today: how do you refortify your faith in the face of overwhelming adversity (lest we forget, COVID is thriving here, too)? To borrow Wiersbe’s words, God can “change us to meet our circumstances,” even if He chooses not to alter them — what does that look like, practically speaking?
Today, I have questions and no clear answers. What are your thoughts? Have you been through a season where you sensed that the Lord was changing you to meet your circumstances, rather than the other way around? I observe that several such situations can be found in the Bible, but I am curious to hear about your own personal reflections on the topic, if you wish to share them. Thank you! 🙏🏾