By now, you have no doubt read countless stories and seen dozens of pictures of the devastating flooding in Texas due to Harvey. I hope you have kept everyone down there in your prayers. Thousands have been forced from their homes, many people have lost everything, and the death toll will only continue to rise. The news is heartbreaking and scary. When I see news like this, I think of Mr. Rogers. Did you know Mr. Rogers was ordained Presbyterian pastor? He once said, “When he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: ‘My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Look for the helpers. Look for people like Houston Police Sgt. Steve Perez, who was so determined to get to work to help people earlier this week, that he lost his life when his car was overcome by water. Look for people like Jim McIngvale, known as “Mattress Mack,” who owns two furniture stores in Houston. With water rising and more people being driven from their homes, he opened his stores so that people would have somewhere dry to stay and have furniture to sleep on. Look for people like the unnamed pastor who put his life at risk to go into a flooded roadway to check cars for people trapped in them. These are the people who give us hope, these are the people that shine a light in the darkness.
While our first instinct should be to look for the helpers, we shouldn’t stop there. We should follow up by looking for ways to help. Ways to become the helpers. We should find ways to lend support to people in need. Because we are followers of Christ, we have hope, so we should be the people that bring hope. Christ commands us to love others as he loves us. Christ brought us hope and love and grace, when we had none. We should be the people spreading hope and love and grace. We should look for the helpers and then look for ways to join with the helpers. We should look to be the helpers, whether it is during a hurricane, snow storm, or just every day life. We should look to be the light in someone’s darkness.
Matthew 5:14-15: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.