Now that the tornado and wicked thunderstorms have come and gone, we are left with nothing but the debris and damage to clean up. It never ceases to amaze me how people come together in times of distress.
Our neighbor across the street had his big tree in the front yard ripped up and tossed into the street. Since it lay straight across the road, no traffic could come or go. Not only did that big tree lay across our street blocking it, but it lay right on top of our neighbors sons sports car. The evening after the storm left our town, our city was left in a blackout.
But that did not stop our neighborhood from coming to the aid of our neighbor in distress. Vehicles parked in front of the fallen tree to bring light and men from all directions came with their chainsaws. Together, they worked to free the car and to get the tree removed from the road.
Needless to say, even though we are not blood related, we are all brothers and sisters! When we come to the Lord, we are adopted into a new family. A family of believers. When one rejoices, we all rejoice. When one is troubled, we all feel their pain. God has made us a family so we can love one another and encourage one another. And in times of distress, He has made us family so we can help one another, just like our neighborhood helped in a time of need.
MATTHEW 5:16 NKJ
16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Whether you know this or not...we are brothers and sisters. And just like my blood family, even though we may disagree or fight, when the rubber meets the road, when my siblings are in trouble, I am there for them. I have their back. I stand alongside of them. And that may mean I need to show up with my chainsaw and take care of some business.
The enemy is much like that fallen tree. It likes to keep us from where we need to be going. His vile antics keeps us from going where God is leading us. His snare and trap is like a roadblock. But together, hand in hand, Christian brothers and sisters can work together to remove the rubble and debris that the sneaky little devil thrusts on us. All we have to do is show up with our chainsaws.
Is your chainsaw gassed up and ready to go?