One of the most overused phrases of the past decade is the term, “New Normal” (circa 2007). So I was hesitant at first in writing today to use that term, but the more I thought about this past week with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacting so many, and with Hurricane Jose waiting to decide which path to take, I thought the phrase was appropriate.
Best we can tell thus far is that we have 2 million plus people who will face a different reality than they had just a few weeks ago in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Charleston, Savannah and the Caribbean Islands. Some are facing total devastation while others are facing just clean up, but the reality nevertheless has changed, and the new normal lies ahead while what was the old normal is now gone.
We will speak in terms of before and after Harvey, Irma and Jose to specify whether we are speaking of our old reality or our new reality. And so we need God, God’s help, God’s presence, God’s promises and the leading of the Holy Spirit as we pray, plan and proceed. Thank God that God cares and that God is actively at work in the lives of all of those affected per His promise in Isaiah 26:3, “And God will keep in perfect peace the one who trusts in Him.”
For everyone who feels like a bystander wanting to help but not knowing how, let’s engage. Knowing God’s heart is to help, heal and restore let’s engage in prayer for those who are hurting. Let’s engage in ways of coming alongside through our giving and serving through UMCOR, the Red Cross, Samaritan’s purse and our local church. Let’s refuse to accept feeling helpless and find a way to engage for the glory of God in Jesus Christ for this is who God has called us to be.