I spent the past week desperately reaching out to my family and friends as the floods engulfed Kerala. I watched the news and scanned social media platforms trying to piece together the state of my people, my home. Heartbreaking videos and images of my neighborhood reached me as overnight, the waters lapped at the stairs of my home trapping my grandfather, our staff, and our neighbors. One by one, the phones died out and all networks failed until only one line remained available to me-prayer, the direct line to the presence of God.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I – Psalm 61:2

As soon as I opened my heart to God I was immersed in His comfort and strength. When I went to Him, my heart was overwhelmed with pain as I watched my people surrounded by destruction, but as I knelt before Him, He overwhelmed me with such promises that my heart learned to trust in Him yet again. These promises of God changed my heart, changed my perspective and lifted me up from a place of despair to the place of quietness. So I will share what I received from the Lord with all who seek comfort and strength in this grim day.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you – Isaiah 43:2

Yes, we are surrounded by trouble but the God of our salvation is in our midst. Yes, we may pass through such grim realities as we sojourn in this fallen world but His will toward us is good. The Bible promises that we will face difficulties and challenges but His grace is enough.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof… God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early-Psalm 46:1-7

Contrary to what the economists and the politicos have to say about Kerala, the word of God leads me to believe that past our pain awaits a great abundance and favour of God that no man can explain or understand.

We went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance- Psalm 66:12

All these words gave me peace and understanding. But the words that filled me with the most hope is  “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” Psalm 46:10

John 9:2 says “but this happened so that the works of God would be displayed in him”. Join me and believe that God’s work in us and through us is to make known to the world that He alone is God, that He is good and His mercy endures forever. I believe what remains of Kerala is going to be transformed by the work of God and by it the world will witness that our God keeps His promises.

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