What can we learn from the recent Hurricane Dorian?
[Darris McNeely] We entered the hurricane season once again here in North America. The most recent one was Hurricane Dorian that came up out of the Caribbean. Its major impact was on the Bahamas, and it seemed like, for about an entire day, it sat there and just ground away, moving only at about one mile per hour over one of the Bahamian islands. And the aftermath was just a total scene of destruction. It was a reminder, again, of the power of the planet, the planet Earth, the power within the elements that very often come up, whether it’s a hurricane, a tornado, other giant storms, earthquakes. The Earth is a very powerful place. And a hurricane is a tremendous example of that.
As I was watching that, I was reminded of Psalm 107 that says something that is quite remarkable. In verses 23 and 24 here, it says, “Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.” Just set on the seashore to watch the beautiful sea and the waves lapping up on the beach is one thing. To witness a storm, either on the ocean or from the shore, as many do with a hurricane like this one, is to also see the wonders of the Creation on this planet.
I always like to take a lesson away from something like this that comes really out of Matthew, Chapter 7, where Christ talked about those who obey his teachings, who hear and obey his teachings. He says, “I will liken them to someone who is a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
A reminder that our houses got to be founded upon a solid rock of wisdom and understanding that is based on God and Jesus Christ, and obeying his teachings in advance of the time of storms and trouble. The wonders of this world that teach us about so many aspects of God’s creative abilities, His plan, His purpose, but most importantly, our own need to take heed, to use wisdom, and to prepare in advance for the trials and the tests of life that will come so that we find that our house is built on a solid rock, an important lesson to take from this hurricane or any other type of natural catastrophe.
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