Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
“What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. “
After the storm, what now? What do you do after the turmoil? What can you do in the devastation? What do you do when things seemed to end? The greatest wisdom seen in the creation of the world as God ends the day is,
And there was evening, and there was morning… (Genesis 1:3,6,13,19,23,31)
Here, God did not end the day with an evening or darkness but with morning…a new beginning. So after the storm, it’s like evening just ended and we have to start a new. There is hope, we should start anew.
Richard Bach was very right when he says “What a caterpillar calls the end of the world is what the master calls a butterfly.
It’s a start of something new. Something better. Something beautiful…
That’s why I like what other victims of Haiyan (Yolanda) did. See the picture below,
Hernani Township Residents Begin Rebuilding
“Typhoon Haiyan may have taken everything they have away, but this hasn’t stopped this resident from rebuilding his home with whatever’s available.” (http://8list.ph/inspiring-yolanda-haiyan-stories/).
“The difference between winning and losing is most often… not quitting. “
After a loss the very best thing to do is to start all over again.
“There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can’t just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don’t, you’re the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win.”
― Alexandra Monir, Timeless
There is always a good reason to fight back, because we have a God that Restores.
Remember He is the God who created everything out of nothing and brought order out of chaos (Gen.1:1). Despite the chaos created by the storm or quake in our lives, we can still hope.
We cannot lose heart.
Paul and his companions who faced a lot of trials, death threats, persecutions and other difficulties, because of God who restores, their strength, their inner self is renewed day by day. They have the strong inner man that was able to say that they never lose heart, they do not quit. Storms, quakes and floods will never stop. They will always come, but we have the reason not to stop, not to quit, not to lose heart. We can keep on keeping on, if we fix our eyes on our God who restores. Then we too will be able to say what Paul said,
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:16-18)