I have been putting off writing this post because it makes the situation seem more real.
First you may need a little background- One of my parent’s best friends from college owns the most amazing company. He tears down old buildings and “reclaims”the brick, wooden beams, wood floor and a million other things. (Check out the website: greenfamilymaterials.com) A little less than a year ago, he bought some warehouses that are on Macon & Houston Levee. He turned one into a factory for his company. The back had all of this beautiful wood and a million other things, while the front was made to look like a living area and offices so people could see samples. In the spring, he offered for EndzoneCamera.com to have some of the space for building the product. This has been such a blessing to my parents. They are no longer working out of the garage with this new growing business.
My parents came up this weekend to put in some beautiful wood floors from Tom in our new house. We found out that in the middle of the night Friday the warehouse burned. The fire was alive for over 12 hours. (Click here to read more). Mr. Green’s business has been turned to ashes along with some of my dad’s business.
This is the question I want to pose to you: what does a believer do when his life/business/possessions turns to nothing? He praises the Lord because we have a living hope in Christ. How do we praise Him?
Our call to worship Sunday was this passage from 1 Peter 1:3-9-
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
I am grateful that this family knows the Lord and understands that this world is perishable, defiled, and fading. Christ is all we can look to. He is eternal and the Gospel we have through His sacrifice is the power in our lives. The Greens are such a godly family and Tom is one of the kindest, most humble men I know.
Please pray for them and that the Lord would be glorified in this horrible situation. I believe He does all things for His glory and is in control. He deserves all praise for the blessings in our life, but we are also called to praise Him when He takes these things away.
So we must praise Him today and ask that He would turn ashes to beauty.