It is 12 o’clock noon; the gas stations are pretty much dried up. Thursday and Friday the cars were lined up at the pumps at all gas stations, forming slow-moving long lines waiting to fill up at the pumps.
That’s the situation we in South Florida are in. If we make a run for it toward the North, we must leave now and go by way of I75 toward the Florida Panhandle. The East coast will soon be clogged up with traffic as the rain approaches in torrents, making it impossible to see more than a few yards ahead. Accidents are sure to happen. Today is Saturday 8/31/2019 in South Florida. Hurricane Dorian is at our doorstep.
Hurricane Dorian had been upgraded to a category 4 hurricane with wind gusts averaging 140 miles per hour. There was a belief that it might head north and hit Georgia and/or the Carolina’s; but the storm appears to be gathering strength as it approaches the Bahamas, and already we can see that many are panicking and heading out of Dodge even as the storm is beginning to hammer the Bahamas.
As I left the Naples Pier, the storm had just hit the Bahamas with a Cat 4 storm. Tomorrow we will know the results and the trajectory of the storm. With the storm twisting slightly West, Florida is still in the crosshairs with Palm Beach as its main target. (Hurricanes are very unpredictable and may take a turn at the last minute.) Thankfully this one did.
Some of those more directly facing the storm may repent and ask God’s forgiveness for not acknowledging Him in their lives – these are the times that try men’s hearts, and where else does a person go to for help? “God is a very present help in times of trouble.”
Jesus warned us that in this life we would have many trials and tribulations, and this hurricane is just one of those trials and one of many tribulations that will impact the lives of most of us. Many of us will have to just ride out the storm.
In all aspects of life, storms beset us all – in one way or another.
“Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24–27, World English Bible).
MONDAY – Labor Day.
Hurricane Dorian “sat” on the Bahamas for a day and night and ground the island to a pulp. Six people have been reported dead so far with more missing.
The Bahamas continues taking a pounding with Category five winds and torrents of rain.
Today the storm finally moved away, and people came out of their shelters to survey the devastation. One man said he felt like Job with everything he owned having been swept away. Still, though, he says he retained his faith in God.
A devastated woman said, “It looks like a bomb hit. I’m just thankful to be alive. The Lord saved me.” These people are facing very hard times ahead. Many have called or are calling out to God for help, and I cannot believe there are many atheists left on these islands.
Today there are 30 reported dead and over yet 200 missing in the Bahamas. The country’s health minister says the final tally of those who have died will be staggering.
Dorian is headed up the East coast, battering North Carolina. Already there are five reported deaths there, and it will spin off and sideswipe Canada; then it will move out into open water, from the looks of things.
Everything Jesus said would happen in the Last Days seems to be coming to pass. Hurricanes with angry roaring waves and water covering islands, as men’s hearts are beginning to fail them with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, flooding, hail, disease, pestilence – you name it – happening on an unprecedented scale all at once as well.
The world is in a state of flux with war a seeming inevitability for many. Hate crimes are on the rise with no solution in sight. Those who are losing loved ones or family members in recent shooting sprees must be coming under conviction that something is terribly wrong in such a violent and ungodly society. With all that’s going on, will we as a nation repent and seek God’s face? At this stage of the game, it doesn’t seem likely.
While revival is taking place in other parts of the world, we are woefully behind the eight ball and reaping what we have sown. I’m surprised that God has been so slow to anger and merciful toward our corrupt society.
A friend called from Jamestown, N.D., to say this obscure town was battered with heavy winds that tore down power lines, leaving the hospitals without electricity. The unusually high winds tipped over campers as well – while no tornadoes were spotted in the vicinity.
Only when we trust in Jesus can we sleep in the eye of the storms of life. Jesus gives a person a peace that surpasses all understanding in every circumstance.