Hope in the Storm

The hurricane descends. Fear mounts. We worry, wonder, and plan. We pray earnestly. As Hurricane Irma threatens our lives, what will happen? Will we still have a home? Will we lose all our possessions? Will our cars be damaged from flooding? If a surge occurs, will we lose our friends? Our family? Our loves ones? Should we evacuate? If we do, will Irma catch up to us?

All around us, we can feel the tension. Tension as we see someone grab the last container of water or the last of the plywood. We stock up on foods we don’t normally eat, and shower one last time knowing everything could be about to change. Even the air is tense as if it knows and feels the hurricane preparing to press in on us.

We check Facebook. We watch the news. We wait to see what will happen to the cone of uncertainty. We pray that it will move away from us, all while knowing that means it’ll go to someone else. In the backs of our minds, we know some will lose their lives this weekend. Some already did.

Then, we remember. The rainbow.

Genesis 9:13-15: “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember my covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 

When God flooded the earth leaving nothing but those who made it in the ark, he promised to never destroy our world with a flood again. As we face wind, flooding, tornados, and surges, we know that no matter what changes, one thing will not.

God.

Even if we lose our homes, God is still on the throne.

Even if we lose our possessions, God is still on the throne.

Even if we lose loved ones, God is still on the throne.

Even if we lose our lives, God is still on the throne.

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. For all eternity.

But our pain is not eternal. Nothing on this earth is.

When we die, what happens?

As Christians, we have a relationship with Christ. A connection to Him. The worst that can happen to us, is death that brings us to our eternity with Him.

John 14:2: In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 

If you do not know Him, I implore you to seek Him. No matter where you are—whether you’re in danger from Irma or not, our lives are short.

My Aunt Carol died in a motorcycle accident when she was sixteen, long before I was ever born. When I was thirteen, cancer claimed the life of my mother, only six short months after her diagnosis. My grandparents died—all four of them—before I was twenty, from various health issues. I lost my first two babies to miscarriage.

Death happens every day. There’s no respect for your age, your importance in life, or even your healthy habits. You don’t know when you will breathe your last. I hope that if anything, our world sees the destruction that occurs, and recognizes our frailty. You may say there is no God, but if there is, and you die today, what would happen?

God is just, but we are sinners. Cancer, tears, disaster, betrayal, demanding work, the pain of childbirth—all comes down to the sin that started in the Garden of Even, and was continued by every generation. It won’t last forever.

All you need to do is turn to God. Believe in Him, admit your sins, and accept Him as your Savior.

Choose Christ while you still can.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

Remember the rainbow—God’s promise to us. When you have faith in God, you have something that no storm can ever take from you.

Hope.

Update: 

We live in Florida so we will experience this hurricane during the weekend. Choosing whether or not to evacuate is a difficult choice. Based on our situation, staying put is the best thing for us. We are thankful for your prayers. Once it comes, we will be off social media, but we will let you know when we’re out of it.

There’s so much fear in the air. Use this hurricane to spend more time in prayer with the Lord. Pray for those who will be effected, and those who were already effected.

 

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