They huddled around a lone cell tower. Dozens of displaced native Puerto Ricans trying desperately to obtain a signal on their phones hoping to make contact with the outside world.

Images of a country ravished by two hurricanes, the latest named Maria, poured into my living room as the evening news broadcasted the impoverished plight of a far-off people.

My heart broke as I watched those glued to their phones, like sheep without a shepherd, and I wondered what, if anything, I could say if given the chance to launch a word of encouragement across the virtual bow of the world wide web.

Despacito, a Spanish word meaning “slowly” which also happens to be the name of a popular song these days for some reason came to mind. Though a seemingly unhelpful phrase at a time like this especially to the hundreds of Puerto Ricans without food, power, and what little hope remains, it is nonetheless a reminder for me at least that God is not slow in keeping His promises.

Though the storms of this life may hit us hard the parable of the persistent widow can be a source of encouragement to God’s people that we mustn’t lose heart in the face of hardship but instead remain persistent in prayer.

In this story, we find an unjust judge from a certain town who had no respect for man and no fear of God. And in that same area there lived a widow who, seeking relief from her oppressors, came repeatedly to him for deliverance.

Though pleading desperately her cause for help before the unjust judge he initially deprives the importunate widow any due process. However, after some time he relents.

What caused this uncaring and unresponsive magistrate’s heart to finally turn?

Persistence.

Listen to what the judge said to himself after witnessing the tenacity of this unfortunate soul:

“Though I neither fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming” (Lk. 18:4,5 RSV).

Did you hear the words of the unjust judge? Now, imagine if an amoral arbiter such as this will do what is right, how much more God?

In His response to this Jesus said to His disciples, “…will not God avenge the wrongs of His own people who cry aloud to Him day and night, although He seems [slow] in taking action on their behalf?” (v.7).

To which our Savior answers: “I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily” (v.8).

As relief efforts continue to pour in for those harmed by the recent hurricanes and the journey on this road to recovery seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, it is imperative that the people of God not lose heart. But rather, that we remain hopeful through steadfast prayer to the God who hears our every cry.

For when the Son of Man comes will He find faith on earth?

Run to win,

Den

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Published by Dennis Miranda