It’s another beautiful Sunday morning, and we praise God for His gifts. Sipping on my coffee, it’s a day to ponder His word. Like a million other viewers, I turn on the news to watch the storm as it slams south Florida. Memories now are all but washed away. I once resided in the Florida Keys, a quiet little strip of islands as tranquil as the Caribbean could ever be. The Reggae sounds would illuminate the evening air at the end of US 1. But that was then, and this is now.
The Bible is full of predictions. Luke 21:25 quotes the eclipse in August and now the fury of Irma. You wonder if this is just a coincidence; never doubt the leather bound. Determined to make a difference, God brings out the best in believers as he swirls His wrath about the sinners. And to those who question, I watch, as only God can move the oceans. Some, though, take for granted the power God controls. Protected from the elements, God is first in my every thought. My heart goes out to ones who know not.
Read your BIBLE!!! ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).
So the sun breaks through on Mallory Square in Key West. Twisted palm trees, damaged yachts, and tattered Victorian homes are scattered about the little island. Shipwrecks emerge, thought to be lost forever. They’re like memories of love lost long ago and then resurrected; I should know. My son, an original “Conch,” can only show loyalty to the island life. Vacationers fill their scrapbooks with happy memories. It’s the churches and the faith that protects the lifestyle of residents.
I know the joy of being a Florida Keys resident, and my roots also anchor my heart – this is where I met my soulmate. Memories are treasured and thoughts won’t wash away by the hurricane. Now in my comforts, I pray for the memories to be restored to all as soon as possible.
As God’s wrath continues, He cleanses the impurities. The wealthy are humbled; the meek resonates as heroes, saving the disbelievers who doubt that God truly exists. The weary and ragged stand hand-and-hand singing Hallelujah! God has spared the conscious.
So does tomorrow ever come?? South Florida can only hope. Like Houston’s Harvey, you learn to appreciate what you have.
Respectfully, God controls….
I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them. (Ezekiel 25:17)
God does judge the nations, and He can use any means to do so. For example, when God rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, it was a judgment of God. Of course, it’s a fallen world, and time and chance happen to us all (Eccl 9:11), and bad things happen because the root cause of all pain, suffering, sorrow, and death is sin, and until sin is no more, there will still be sorrow, suffering, pain, and death, but that too is coming to an end someday (Rev 21:3; 22:4)! We all fall short of God’s glory.