It’s crazy to think that only a month ago the nation was in distress due to the tragedy in Charlottesville. Hate flew around, people were divided, and there was mass confusion.
To many people, Charlottesville seemed to show the state of the human condition to be violent, divisive, and sick. I overheard many conversations that week between people who are genuinely worried about the future of mankind. And I understand.
In the aftermath of tragedy, it can seem that all is lost. It can seem that humans get worse and worse every day and there’s no redemption to be found.
But now, just a month later, in the aftermath of another tragedy, we can see a little light in the situation.
To say Hurricane Harvey was devastating is an understatement. The flooding and winds tore up countless communities and the lives of so many people. Not only was it destructive, it was dangerous. People were left trapped, stranded, and losing everything.
The hurricane was unprecedented and tragic, but it gave way to the most amazing human reaction I’ve ever seen.
As usual, the dedicated, brave, and selfless people performing search and rescues worked tirelessly to help the helpless. But beyond that, we saw countless common men rising to the occasion to help people.
Some sent out their personal boats, some carried strangers above the water, some saved people’s cars. Think about how crazy this is. Common people put everything on the line to help out complete strangers.
It wasn’t about race, or color, or gender, or career, or money, or life stage. It was about being fellow Texans, fellow Americans, and most of all, united brothers and sisters in this human race.
We saw Texas take care of Texas in the midst of one of the greatest tragedies it’s ever seen.
I mentioned Charlottesville to say this: there’s hope.
Yes, there are a lot of twisted, awful things being done by lost and confused people, but there are also amazing things being done by the simplest of people.
As I type, the news runs in the background saying, “The credit goes out to the everyday Texan.”
And it’s true. It wasn’t just the extraordinary, the advantaged, and the obliged that offered their hands, it was everyday people. It was your neighbor, your grocer, your teacher. And it’s still happening.
Team after team fills up with people who are willing and happy to go clean and rebuild the communities that have been devastated. Teams with ordinary people.
It can seem like a very dark time when we see things like Charlottesville. And maybe it is.
However, I know this. The reaction to Hurricane Harvey shows that there is still so much light inherent in the souls of common people all around us.
We are made in God’s image to be compassionate and caring. We are made to love. We have exemplified that in this crisis. When push comes to shove, hope is still alive.
After all, we know that Jesus is our hope in times of devastation. And man is he providing through all of this.
The hurricane has wrecked the lives of many. As a church, Eikon is committed to remembering and serving those that have been affected. We are praying fervently for provision and peace and ask you to partner with us in that.
Additionally, Eikon is putting in physical work to help rebuild these communities. If you would like to be a part of this, more information can be found in posts launched within the last week on this blog.