All eyes are on hurricane Matthew as it prepares to make landfall and barrel its way north along the coast of Florida and then Georgia, where we live. Millions are evacuating their homes fleeing the impending disaster.
Leaving their homes and possessions and seeking a safe place to take their loved ones. The roads are crammed with traffic, safe accommodations and fuel are dwindling as masses of families try to make their way to safety.
We here are somewhat inland out of the path of the storm, out of any potential extreme hardship. We received report last night that our children and grandchildren who live in the direct path of the storm, have arrived here safe.
Thank you Father for their safety and we pray that you will be with the millions of families that are being directly impacted by this monster storm. Be merciful dear Father.
Today I think about how quickly our daily routines change during these uncontrollable disasters. Priorities of life shift to survival and safety and many who normally do not pray, will begin to.
The wind speeds and the path of this storm are unpredictable. The magnitude of the Lords power cannot be understood nor measured by man with all of his equipment and technology. We watch and wait for reports. The one who holds all the answers to our questions, is in control.
I think of the families fleeing that know the one who holds this power in his hands, that are driving and praying as they make their way to safety and trusting him to keep them safe, heeding the warnings.
And then I think of those who don’t know him. Those who refer to such power as if it were simply an occurrence of science and nature. I think of those who are homeless, with no means of escaping the path of the storm. I think of those who have chosen to stay, hoping somehow they will survive its threat.
Today even my priorities have changed as I plan to spend less time writing and more time praying. We ought to be praying when disasters threaten our land, threatening to take even more lives than it already has.
Almighty God in heaven we see and hear of the lives already lost by the power of this storm. We are so small and helpless against such things. We recognize our smallness and we look to you, call upon you, the only one who holds this world and all that it contains in his hand.
We know that all things have been created by you and for you. That you have a time and purpose for all things. Your power and purposes cannot be understood.
Today we ask for mercy and grace for the ones fleeing for fear of their lives, and for those who are unable to flee. We ask that you comfort those who will suffer great loss of life and of property.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.