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Is God Hiding His Face from America?

Photo of Hurricane Irma from space

Hurricane Irma from space

My heart has been heavy the last few weeks as I’ve prayed over all the disasters that have come upon the United States—floods from Harvey; wildfires across the mid and western states, Irma—one of the biggest and most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean and Florida; a destructive earthquake in Mexico. And that doesn’t include the ongoing unstable political situations around the world.

Social media is full of requests to pray for the victims of all these disasters. And while we should pray, I’m saddened that the majority of Americans and many Christians do not have a clue as to what these disasters might be pointing to for the future of America as a nation.

It is definitely not politically correct to say that a God of love would ever bring such disasters intentionally upon America, but if you’ve read the Old Testament, you know that God often brought judgments upon His people when they turned from Him. His judgements were never meant to totally destroy them, but to turn them back to Him!

Many Americas and Christians are ignorant of what God’s Word says on such topics as abortion, homosexuality and a multitude of other sins, and thus have been swept up into a worldview that accepts everything under an umbrella of  God’s love.  Even our churches have taken ungodly positions, leading many astray.

We cry out to God in our disasters, but the rest of the time we push Him out of our government, our schools and our lives. We tell Him to “leave us alone.” Perhaps that is what He is now doing.

Ann Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, evangelist and author, believes God may be hiding His face from America, withdrawing His divine protection due to her sin.

“God always warns a nation that judgment is coming,” Lotz says. “He does not want any to perish. But if a nation does not heed His warnings, then He will unleash His anger and there is nothing — no one — who can prevent it. If God would judge His own beloved nation of Judah, why would we think America could escape?”

Lotz contends that if the premise is true that America is coming under God’s judgement and He is “removing His blessing, protection and favor,” the solution will not be found in politics or in the economy or in the military or in technology. The only solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. (2 Chronicles 7:14) And then plead for Him to return to us, as we return to Him. Now is the time to get serious.” (The Christian Post, 9/10/17)









The Lodgepole Pine

The Lodgepole Pine

Many of us have heard the analogy of God’s fire likened to the process of refining gold–removing the dross so that in the end we can be pure gold–reflecting God’s very nature.

But I doubt many of us have heard of the Lodgepole Pine. The cones of this tree have a layer of resin and woody tissue that stick the cone scales together. The seeds are locked in tight and the cones can’t open unless they’re exposed to VERY high temperatures–the type of temperatures that forest fires generate.

These pines LOVE forest fires! (How many of us can say that about the fiery trials we face in our lives?) In fact, they eagerly await the fire! Why? Because that is the only way they can release their seeds to proliferate new trees. In fact, these pines are famous for colonizing post-fire landscapes. Continue reading


I’m finally at the beach!

On vacation!

For a week!

This morning, as I walked along the ocean’s edge shortly after sunrise, the tide washed ashore in little inlets, reflecting the ever-changing clouds. There were white fluffy clouds foreshadowing a day full of sunshine, but there were also billows of dark, ominous clouds threatening to overtake the promise of a sun-filled day.  

Only a few fellow walkers were out this early in the morning. I passed a lady carrying a small net bag which she appeared to use to collect shells. We exchanged greetings and then she frowned and said, “Not many good shells today,” and kept walking in the opposite direction.

As I thought about her comment and the ominous dark clouds, I was tempted to accept the fact that it was going to be a less than perfect beach day. No good shells to be found and most likely rain on the horizon. But then I had an amazing revelation:


That nay-saying shell collector might just miss a beautiful shell that the next wave washes ashore!

The same is true of life. If we listen to negative reports or trust only in our immediate circumstances, we may miss what God has planned for us — a beautiful day filled with faith and trust and thanksgiving. As I continued my walk I thought to myself — this lesson will make a good blog for PrayWaves, and then I dared to pray a little prayer.

“Lord, help me find a beautiful shell to illustrate this lesson.”

It was true, most of the shells were broken and in pieces, but then the toe of my shoe unearthed something and as I bent down to uncover it, I discovered a beautiful type of shell that I have never found on any of our local beaches. “Thank you, Lord, I whispered. You have just confirmed that it was you speaking to me this morning.”

YOU CONSTANTLY OFFER WAVES OF GRACE, BEAUTY, PEACE AND UNENDING POSSIBILITIES. We only need to trust you and look beyond the dark clouds and nay-sayers.

(And by the way, the white puffy clouds and sun drove away the dark clouds and the sun is shining brightly!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let us not forget to be thankful today for all of  God’s wonderful blessings to us!

Thanksgiving morning in my back yard!

Thanksgiving morning in my back yard!