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Tornadoes, Typhoons, and Hope

“Earthquake in Nepal kills at least 4500, and numbers expected to climb.” Headlines, articles, questions and postulations are flying around the internet and our lives leaving a lot of us asking the one question that we can never fully reconcile in our minds.

“How can a loving God allow such horrible things to happen to innocent people – especially to the children?”

Here at Shattered Magazine, we strive to shed light on this question, and many other questions about God that have no black and white answer, through sharing stories of the goodness of God no matter the circumstances. And in light of events like the earthquake in Nepal, I want to take this opportunity to encourage us to focus on the eternal picture.

While we believe there is not one person on this earth found innocent in the eyes of God, that God is sovereign, and He is always good, those answers and ensuing theological debates do little to comfort the people who are hurting. Especially when it’s preached from our lofty recliners.

There may not be an easy answer to that burning question, or at least not one we can square away in a short internet space. But what if there’s a greater purpose for events like these?

What if events like the Nepal earthquake are meant to knock us out of our daily existence and comfortable routines? What if tragedy serves as the reminder we need to get up and do what we are actually called to do? What if tragedy is God’s way of saying “This world is broken! You have the cure—share it!” What if earthquakes and tornadoes and typhoons are God’s extra push to set eternity in our hearts, yet again? What if tragedy serves as the vehicle to open people’s hearts and minds to the hope in Christ—often times found when we are hurting the most?

Imagine what happens when Satan—the author of death, destruction, and chaos—watches his handiwork only to see that it is being used for God’s glory as Christians mobilize to share hope and to offer help.

Make no mistake. God is in control. He is sovereign. But more than our current circumstances, comfort, or cultural well-being, He desires for us to have a relationship with Him and a mind set on eternity.

So, when bad things happen, how amazing would it be if we got up and went about doing what we are actually called to do—Share the hope found in the Gospel? Go yourself or support those who do. Use your prayers, your time, and your money to invest in what matters most. We have the answer for hope in the middle of the pain of this world…we must share it!

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14,15

These are some amazing Gospel-preaching organizations that are literally the hands and feet of Jesus in the midst of hard times. Consider signing up with them to go or giving them your funds to make their calling possible.

Samaritan’s Purse : Helping Nepal

World Vision: Emergency Teams Helping Nepal

Salvation Army: Immediate and Long-Term Efforts in Nepal

**Original article has been edited to reflect recent events in Nepal.**

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