After the storm, I pray that all will have hope and grab hold of the visible and colorful reminder that God keeps His promise.Â Like many of you, I watched the news and read about the destruction and devastation caused by Super -storm Sandy throughout the eastern coast, which impacted some twenty-three states.Â Sandy has been classified as an unprecedented storm by those who have covered storms in the past and weather related news for many years.
As I watched and prayed, I was saddened because many will write it off as â€œMother Natureâ€ doing her thingâ€¦itâ€™s just something that happens.Â Â I am certainly thankful for manâ€™s giftedness to provide a scientific explanation of how storms are formed, to track them, and give warning to prepare and evacuate, if necessary. However, I believe preparation should go beyond the physical.Â When the warning to prepare is given, itâ€™s the perfect time to prepare spirituallyâ€” where are you in your relationship with God? Pray. Repent. Ask for forgiveness. Do you even believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? What if thereâ€™s a real heaven and hell, where do you want to spend eternity if you die in the storm? Are you ready to go, if you must? Ask God to save you, rescue your life to fulfill your life purpose if you know your heart is wicked and evil. This is the essence of spiritual preparation.
While systems are in place to track and trace a storm, no man can stop it! No one can change the course of its winds powerful enough to uproot huge trees, or stop the fifty-foot waves and floodwaters from breaking through dams and levees.Â Storms, hurricanes, and tornados should help us put life and power in perspective.Â Only God can speak to the winds and waves and they obey His voice. Psalm 107:29, â€œHe calms the storm, so that its waves are still.â€ Mark 4:35-41, records this unprecedented power that Jesus demonstrated, which gripped the attention of the disciples.
Knowing this reason enough to give greater consideration to how important is manâ€™s power and authority in comparison to God as being all-powerful and all-knowing.Â Itâ€™s something about being vulnerable or in a life or death situation that raises our awareness to what matters most.Â Usually it is in times of disaster and tragedies that we personally and as a nation realize pain is not prejudice, and death does not discriminate.
Consequently, my prayer is always that people ponder and give deeper thought to the spiritual implications or supernatural aspect of storms that sends a message about power and authority. A storm reminds us of our human frailty, our vulnerability, and speaks to the power and authority thatâ€™s totally out of manâ€™s control?Â Storms should get our attention and cause us to search within, change our actions and attitudes, look at life differentlyâ€”its sacredness. After the storm, we should seize the opportunity to regroup and reevaluate.Â Those greatly impacted by a storm should forever look at life differently; it should never be taken for granted, if you survived the storm or even if you lost a loved one in the storm.
Seeing the destruction and the darkness appear brings a sense of gloom. The onslaught of depression and negative thinking can lead to additional emotional and mental â€˜stormsâ€™.Â Therefore, we pray that the weight of despair that many people are feeling after the storm is lifted.Â We pray that from this storm comes a greater resolve to seek solace in the God of all comfort, to find peace and purpose, and to know Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace for their soul.Â We pray for governors and mayors in cities reeling from the effects of the storm to unite with one purpose, look to God for strength and wisdom to rebuild and restore that which was lost. May they be ever mindful of what is most needful in leadershipâ€”Godly wisdom.
The destruction and devastation our fellow Americans are experiencing as a result of Sandy should remind us all of what matters mostâ€”love for one another, promote justice for all, and to walk humbly with our God.
Once again, disaster reminds us that division is the greatest downfall of a nation that believes in democracy.Â Even after the storm, there is hope.Â God always keeps His promise amid the destruction, devastation and sorrow for the lives lost.Â After the storm, I pray that all will have hope and grab hold of the visible and colorful reminder that God keeps His promise.