Another day, another tragedy.
More lives irrevocably changed, more hearts broken.
Where is God in the midst of this?
The news which rolls exhausts us – our heartbreak and our compassion.
As images filled our TV screens yesterday of the fire engulfing the Grenfell Tower in London.
It can be hard to know how to respond, aside from prayer and practicalities.
It was wonderful to see local churches taking a lead in offering food and shelter – but as we watch another tragedy unfold through our television screens we can feel powerless and hopeless.
Powerless because we don’t know how to make it better, how to tell our children about what’s going on in the world.
Hopeless because we wonder if and when things will change.
Weary because of the near constant state of anxiety we’ve been living in for the past couple of weeks wondering what will happen next.
I’ve felt all those things and more in the weeks since the attacks in London and Manchester and I felt them again yesterday as I watched people lose their lives and their homes in the blaze.
And as I’ve questioned and raged at God and the fear, I’ve (quite unusually for me I might add) heard His voice clearly through His scripture.
In the words of Isaiah 40 I’ve been comforted by its words and the picture it paints of the God we serve.
A God who does not tire, even when we are at our most weary.
A God whose wisdom is greater than anything we can fathom.
A God whose hope carries us when we have none of our own and fortifies us when we have no strength left.
He is the God I serve and the God I look to when I cannot come to terms with the world that surrounds.
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”