As some of you may have heard, today the police and government in San Pedro Sula removed a number of people from their homes in Los Bordos, the community where Sparrow Missions does ministry. In this community, God has been changing lives through a women’s discipleship group, children’s classes, tutoring, and youth bible studies.
This very thing had been threatened many times before and nothing happened, yet today this talk became reality. This action has caused a number of families to be displaced and to be without homes, including many of Sparrow’s sponsored children.
When something like this happens, oftentimes our, my, first question is “Why? Why God, could you let this happen?”.
Why is that our first question? Why do we instantly need a reason, a tangible reason why something is happening? Do we not think that God is still in control and His hand is still in the lives of everyone involved? I am not, in any way, trying to downplay what has happened. It is truly devastating. But in circumstances like these, the first thing we want to do is find the cause and do something about it.
When I saw that this time Los Bordos was actually being cleared, it broke my heart. It broke for the families, the children, and the community. But then, I listened to all the updates Sparrow staff was putting on Facebook. In one of the last ones, it was said how the culture and demeanor of the people was completely different than it would have been before. They were calmly and willingly doing as the officers had asked, trusting that God had a plan. Trusting that God had a plan and was in control of ALL things. Through their actions, this community is glorifying God.
If that doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what does. They have been uprooted from their homes and have no idea where they are going to go, YET they are trusting God. In this very difficult situation, they are looking to God, knowing he has a plan for their lives.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
There are many more verses that have to do with trusting God, but these are just a few. While this may not give us a clear, concise reason as to why, it is showing us that yes, God can be glorified in even the hardest of situations. Let us a minute and learn from the people of Los Bordos: still trusting God in the most dire of circumstances, knowing that God has everything in His hands and is STILL in control. We serve an awesome God and he has the power to do all things. All these things are for the purpose of glorifying Him. It is so amazing to see this community glorifying God by trusting Him in all things.
We don’t have the why, but we do have a God, bigger than all things, who intimately knows and loves His children. God is still faithful.
I’ll leave you with one final thought: Let us continue:
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18)