God taught me this a long time ago. Things are always different when they are in your own backyard. Well South Carolina and beyond certainly got hit hard recently by Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare there are always things such storms reveal.
One, we were never in charge from the beginning. We think we’re calling the shots until certain life event reveal otherwise. The hurricanes in life remind us that we are not in charge. There is a God, but we are not Him.
Two, we need to keep life in perspective. Things like football are a big deal to the average person in the south. However, when a big hurricane threatens your life suddenly the meaningless stuff doesn’t matter so much. You move from thinking about that big game to thinking about the value of life itself.
Three, we need to understand the difference between a need and a want. Over 800,000 residents in South Carolina lost power due to hurricane Matthew. It’s at that point we realize how dependent we’ve become to things like the internet, television, lights, running water and the perfect temperature. While uncomfortable for a little while we realize what we really can and cannot live without.
Four, we need to thank God constantly. Just being able to live in America is a blessing from God. God bless the people of Haiti who were hit by Hurricane Matthew with no warning. Hundreds of lives were taken in Haiti. Yet, so many here in South Carolina only suffered damage to their property. Storms remind us that we should be so thankful for the blue skies above, the roof over our heads, and the God who watches over us day and night.
Finally, we need to maintain a storm mentality. Many storms happen for a season, but every storm happens for a reason. God speaks the loudest to us when He has our full attention. In the storm, our faith takes center stage. In the storm, we become mindful of others in need. In the storm, we are forced to really consider every step in front of us. Honestly, we begin to live life as it was meant to be lived. As the old familiar gospel song says, “One day at a time sweet Jesus.”
(Psalm 107:28-31) “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.