Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, evil is going forth from nation to nation

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, evil is going forth from nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth.’”

Jeremiah 25.32

“Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, ‘convulsions of nature,’ etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God’s love.”                                        John Muir, 1838-1914, Naturalist/Environmentalist

Recent events in our nation and global community have led me to wonder about the nature of God. In a three-week period, two devastating hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) will affect our nation. A prediction was made that this year’s hurricane season would be busier than last year’s.

Politically, storms are brewing at the White House, in North Korea, Afghanistan, and other pockets of our global community. All of us are sitting anxiously and praying that President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea will not release a nuclear holocaust on our planet.

Closer to our state, there are key upcoming elections that will require our attention and participation as voters. We will determine who will represent us in the Senate, City Council, School Board, and Mayor’s office. A lot of mud slinging has taken place. Yet, so much needs to be done to improve the quality of life in our community and state.

I am feeling overwhelmed by all the noise and buzz taking place around us. I wish it could be turned off and allow people to exist. However, what we know remains constant, storms are inevitable; they will come from time-to-time.

How do we deal with storms? There are three options. First, accept reality. Storms are a part of life. Second, take appropriate actions. Take cover and do your best to stay out of harm’s way. Lastly, as quickly as storms come, they move on. As Christians, we place our hope in the resurrection and the Spirit at work in our lives. We continually pray for restoration and new opportunities.

Are you braced for the next storm? Keep your eyes on Christ who continues to lead and guide us. Amen.