Everything is broken…
Trees.
Roofs.
Windows.
Buildings.
Cars.
Relationships.
Hearts.
Dreams.

Demand is high,
Supply is low….and expensive.

Marriages are strained.
Children are insecure.
People are easily triggered.
For some, the loss feels unbearable.
For others, the recovery seems unattainable.

No one is untouched.

This derecho destruction on top of our national climate of political and racial unrest, Covid chaos and uncertainty about school, jobs, and activities.

How I long to retreat back to life’s “normal” ups and downs, losses and gains, starts and stops, successes and failures.

The same three words are heard from everyone I meet: “This is hard”

It’s hard because there don’t seem to be answers.
It’s hard because we have to get in and wait in lines.
It’s hard because of the rubble and the mess.
It’s hard because we are emotionally depleted.
It’s hard because we are weary and physically exhausted.
The decisions are endless and unmakeable.

But God….

But for the Lord…

These are written countless times in the Bible.

Have you ever had a “But God…” moment in your life?

I should have [failed][fallen][died], but God…
I was [defeated][outcast][rejected] but God…
My child was [lost][addicted][rebellious] but God…

What if we purposed ourselves to believe in the “But God…” ending to our current circumstances? GOD HOLDS THE ENDING.

This is hard, “but God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands…” Genesis 31:42
This all seems so horrible, “but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
I don’t know how we will recover, “but God will be with [me]…” Genesis 24:21
We’ve lost so much, “but God did not permit him to harm me.” Genesis 31:7
I have felt so exhausted, “but God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.” I Kings 5:4
I feel defeated, but “do not be afraid nor dismayed…for the battle is not [mine], but God’s.”  2 Chronicles 20:15
My flesh and my heart may fail, “but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
This seems impossible, “but with God all things are possible.” Mathew 19:26

In the wise words of Lisa Appelo,

These verses tell us that our circumstances DO NOT get the last word.
The enemy DOES NOT get the last word
Death and destruction and disease DO NOT get the last word.

Because there is always, always, always a but God.