Saturday, January 29, 2011

Of Course, Another Lesson From the Weather

I know you are all probably tired on my Saturday forays into God's messages from weather, but please bear with me a little while longer.  This one has nothing to do with snow, but with Hurricane Floyd that grazed New Jersey some years ago.

I remember that storm.  I remember going out for pizza and wondering when the "real" hard rain was going to fall.  It was not all that bad in my town and I was feeling rather disappointed.  I went home, enjoyed my pizza, watched some television, and went to bed.  I woke up the next morning and checked my email and my eBay sales, I took a shower, got dressed, and left for work.  It was a beautiful warm and sunny day and from all I knew I would be at work in about 15 minutes.  I was wrong.

What I did not do was pay attention to the news or even bother to check.  What was not a big deal in my town was a huge deal a few miles up the road.  Several towns were underwater and just about every road I needed to take to work was flooded including a major highway that I have never before or since seen flooded.  I tried probably six different ways to get to work and ended up doubling all the way back to near where I lived and took a long way around to work well away from the river.  The 15 minute drive took me two hours.

What was my mistake?  I did not check the news and so I did not have the information to plan ahead.  Adversity struck and I still did not think to turn a traffic report on and tried to solve my problems all on my own.  This repeated string of failures due to uninformed guesses took two hours from my day. If I had taken just a few minutes I would have learned unequivocally to avoid the Raritan River at all costs.  If I had paid attention from the start I would have been at work in 30 minutes.  If I paid attention after I came to the flooded areas, I would have doubled back right away and saved at least an hour. 

So what is the message in all this?  We will have persecution and tribulation in this world.  The Word of God promises such, but we have His word to not only warn us what is to come, but how to handle it when it does.  So many churches today stay away from the so-called "negative" parts of the Bible, but those who sit under that teaching will face persecution and adversity just as every other Christian does only they will not be expecting it.  For many it will may drive them away from the faith for others there will be a crisis and for all they will have no knowledge of what to do in that situation. 

And so if you want to make it through this mess of a fallen world full of adversity, trials, and persecutions, turn to God's word and turn to God in prayer and He will see you through. Without His word and His guidance we will wander frantically and aimlessly when adversity comes.  This world can be tough, but our Lord has overcome it and so can we, but only in Him. 
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

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