This past week, Southern California experienced some fierce winds. Near the school my son attends, they clocked wind gusts of 71 mph! Since our electric company out here has not kept up with maintenance and replacement of old equipment, they have resorted to shutting off the power to prevent wildfires in these heavy winds. For 30 hours this past week, our power was off.
My son loves his computer and my wife loves her shows on TV. During this day they could do neither. I came home to both of them on the couch looking at a photo album. Nice..
I reminded them at times like these we should be grateful for what we have. It is during these events of loss that we realize how good we have it. Most of the time, the power is on. An outage of 30 hours in a year of 8,760 hours is small in comparison.
People ask why God allows bad things to happen. The Pandemic has killed over 400,000 in the US alone. An Earthquake in Indonesia recently did millions in damage and over 35 lost their lives.
It is during these times that the true nature of man comes out. I believe deep down we are all Christian. In my neighborhood alone, there were residents reaching out on the Nextdoor app to help any of our elderly population with errands or grocery delivery. Nice. It is during hurricanes and floods that people come out of the woodwork to fill sand bags or help board up windows.
Is it possible God is using these natural catastrophes as a way to bring us together? To get us to understand through hell and high water that helping one another is our true purpose on this earth, not increasing our net worth?
If we would only learn this, would the natural disasters dissipate? Interesting concept wouldn't you agree?
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5
It has been said that God makes small things happen so bigger things don't. Turning off the power in 70 mph winds may have avoided a huge fire that could have destroyed homes and taken lives. So 30 hours of inconvenience is a small price to pay for your fellow man.
As you navigate the coming week and all the challenges you face, meditate on this and see where you could be more useful to your fellow human. We all want God to talk to us.. well I think He has been through these events all along. Listen up, He has a plan for you and me.