“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:6-7
Forth As Gold is based in south Florida.
As one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic heads straight for our state, I cannot help but think back to 2004 when two other major hurricanes hit us dead on. Hurricane Frances rocked our world and then as we were still trying to recover, Hurricane Jeanne did a loopty-loop out in the ocean and came straight for us again.
I remember so much about that time. I remember coming home (we stayed at a friend’s house in town during the first storm) and seeing our house look like a tornado had hit it. I remember my mother groaning as she walked into the house and we could smell and feel the water that had flooded in. I remember how hot and sticky it was because we were out of power for two weeks (which I am pretty sure is a small inkling of how hell would be). I remember having to shower with the hose and when we got a generator finally and almost cried tears of joy. I remember eating MRE’s and being on a city curfew. I remember being out of school for almost a month and just feeling like I had lost a part of who I was. I remember living on concrete floors until Christmas Eve that year and feeling having blue tarps on our roof until I don’t even remember when. I remember my parents saying how lucky we were that we were alive and still had a shell of a home to live in.
I remember, more than anything, the sound a hurricane makes when it comes through. The best way to describe it is a train going at full speed right in front of your face and it does not slow down for a very long time.
So, when I think about yet another hurricane coming, especially this one , I would be lying if I said I was not afraid. Thinking back to 2004 gives me chills. This current storm is 2 times stronger and bigger than those and at this point it has been moving so much between the west and east coasts of Florida that they still cannot truly nail down a landfall point yet and that is scary. Even if it does not hit where we are, someone else will and it will be catastrophic. Even those who do not get the straight on him will feel it immensely and that is scary too.
So where is God in all of this.
Where was he is 2004? Where was he in Houston this year? Where is he now?
There is sin in this world. The wicked one is constantly trying to make us believe that God does not love us and does not care for us, but that is about as far from the truth as one could imagine. He loves us and He is here even when it seems like He isn’t.
When I feel overwhelmed (like right now), I watch this video on repeat and it encourages me and reminds me that God is sovereign even on the worst days.
I pray that wherever you are, if you are in Florida or the Caribbean or Texas or Mexico or anywhere in the world that you will never forget that ever-present, never-changing love that God has for you even in the most horrific of circumstances.
The mighty hand of God and His love for us is stronger than anything else in the universe.