I don’t know about you, but I’ve probably spent too many free moments scrolling through my Facebook feed over the past week. The news and images from Hurricane Harvey have put me on an ever-changing emotional rollercoaster. My range of emotions have gone from utter disbelief, to pride in my fellow Texans, to anguish…and everything in between. I’ve been in a constant dialogue with God as I pray for others, and ask Him to guide our family in what we can do to help.
Several days ago, however, I was struck by a new emotion to this situation…disappointment. Disappointed in how quickly the truth seems to disappear in an effort to get “Likes” or attention. It all started with a picture someone posted of a shark in the flood waters on a highway in Houston. I couldn’t imagine that the picture was real, but I honestly did not think much else of it except to notice that it had been shared dozens of times. Then, I saw a video of horses being rescued from rising water in Houston. The person shared it as if it was just happening, but the date on the video showed it was over a year ago. Then there’s the whole controversy over the truth about Joel Osteen’s church. It all finally struck me solidly last night when I read a post about how to determine if photos from the hurricane are real or have been fabricated. (BTW, the shark picture is a fake!)
Unfortunately, the truth is being lost.
I felt disappointment because I realized that I couldn’t really count on anything I’ve read (or seen) in my news feed to be fully the truth.
I do know this, however, there is one place I can always go to find the whole truth–to our Almighty Father. The Bible is full of verses about truth, but these are two of my favorites.
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” Psalm 119:160
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, You would have known my Father also. From now on you know him and have seen him.” John 14: 6-7.
In these times of great uncertainty, let’s focus on and cling to the truth that we find in the Lord, and in His words.