Hope most of us are prepared for Irma and either settled in or timely traveling to our decided destination and arrive safely. Preparation is so important. So is faith and prayer. This season’s storm event has made many people think that we as a Hurricane prone state are not as prepared as we should be and may have become complacent. I am at fault for this as well. I was in South Florida (Hialeah) during hurricane Andrew and that event should have sealed it for me, prepare early and annually. My goal every year now is to be stocked, locked, and loaded by early June to escape not only a potential storm monstrosity but the unnerving and panic producing crowd of humans. My steadfast faith and settled peace (despite the early storm reports) was slightly challenged yesterday by an almost tangible strong sense of human terror. When that happens I choose faith over fear. I choose to believe what God’s word says instead of persons directed by a spirit of dread and doom. Standing firm in faith when a time of testing comes also requires preparation. The building up of faith. When any type of storm comes we have to make sure that our houses are built on the rock of God’s word so we are not overcome by fright. After all, we are human and prone to panic in the face of uncertainty and chaos. I have a frame in my house that reads, “I won’t tell God how big the storm is, I will tell the storm how big my God is.” Let’s not tell God how big Irma is, let’s tell Irma how big our God is. We have prepared for the worst, let’s now pray and have faith for the best.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27English Standard Version (ESV)
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41New International Version (NIV)