Yes, Hurricane Sandy is at work doing what most storms do: bring unrest, panic, concern, reports of disaster and the list goes on…Hopefully, everyone who could prepare for the storm did so; and those who were able to get to shelters that major urban areas and towns opened went there for safety to stay clear of the massive rain, flooding and winds that are predicted and even upon some of us in NJ, MD and VA. Connecticut is also getting high winds and of course, all along the every coastal town, persons who were warned to evacuate should obey the authorities. We do not know what shall be – heed the warning. Do not be like the people in Noah’s day, who were warned of the flood and did not repent before Almighty God, even after being warned for over three years, and were destroyed in the flood.
Hurricanes do come and go. So will Hurricane Sandy. Oddly, we make these storms so personal by giving them “human names”. I don’t know how or why this tradition began, but one thing for sure, all of the changes in weather patterns we see coming upon the earth is a sign of a fallen world, a world that is full of all kinds of storms and disaster. Besides praying that the storm will not take lives, I am also praying that persons will reach out to Jesus Christ, God’s Son for salvation, renewal, peace and rest in the midst of this storm. I truly believe God allows (key word: allows, not brings disaster) the storms of life to come because they cause some people to think about the futility of a life based on possessions – they can be lost in a moment. And the seriousness of life in a world filled with foolishness and frivolity.
I am hopeful that some persons will be saved by heeding the warning and will through this storm understand the brevity and fragileness of life itself and turn to God. Hurricane Sandy is not the only hurricane we have seen or endured. Even Jesus, the Prince of Peace was on a boat years ago during a storm. Yet, though His disciples asked Him, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” Jesus who was asleep on the boat during the “squall and winds”, Jesus, “arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Read whole text Mark 4:35-41, KJV).
Yes, Jesus Christ is bigger than Hurricane Sandy and He can and will calm her…He will be with you in the duration of the storm and after Sandy leaves and goes back to sea. Do not be fearful. Be prepared, but not fearful. And the Master of the Seas, Jesus the Son of God, the ruler of all nature, will calm the seas after while and us too.