Waiting for Hurricane Irene
Most folks here have one eye on the weather reports and the other on precautionary storm preparations. Many are purchasing generators, flashlights and batteries, oil for oil lamps, bottled water and extra shelf food, and are filling their gas tanks. Most people are securing their houses – especially those living closer to the coast – boarding up windows and glass doors, sand-bagging, putting away yard objects that could become damaging missiles in the expected fierce winds.
New York City and Philadelphia are closing down their public transport systems – the subways and elevated trains – and their tunnels, due to expected flooding and high winds. Lower Manhattan is being evacuated and hospital patients are being sent off by ambulance and helicopters to other hospitals located on higher, safer ground.
It’s actually sort of scary/exciting to think about this major storm moving up the east coast – sort of like those ghost stories we used to tell as children. Only this “ghost” is real – just how real, we will find out in about 24 hours in mid-New Hampshire; for this invisible menace will have very visible results.
Some, who have never gone through such a storm as Irene is predicted to be, will do nothing to prepare for her coming. Some will stay to face the storm and will need to be rescued by others who will risk their lives in those rescues. And some will die.
There is another storm coming – not just to the US, but to the whole world. It will be a devastating storm as predicted in Scripture – a battle to-the-end between good and evil – between God and the enemy of the souls of mankind.
Yes, I know, this battle has been going on since before the beginning of time when Satan was ejected from God’s throne room and cast out of heaven. But we have only seen skirmishes so far.
This enemy’s ugly face was revealed in space/time when Adam and Eve fell victim to the divisive, destructive plans of evil-personified, in a beautiful disguise, in the Garden of Eden – the very place which God had designed for man’s safe dwelling place on earth.
The battle for dominion of the earth and all its inhabitants has continued through the centuries since the Garden encounter.
But what we have seen so far is nothing compared to the storm that is out ahead, nor the climax of the face-off between King Jesus and his armies and the forces of the Anti-Christ.
Many who have been fore-warned of the end times have already made preparations for such an encounter, should they be alive at that time. Others will be totally surprised and overwhelmed by the flood waters of destruction left in the wake of that storm.
I’m not one of those “kooks” who attempts to set a date for the end of life on earth as we know it. But there are warnings all around us, and if we could view things from heaven’s radar screen we would be moved to action.
First we would make sure of our own relationship with our Father God. Have we made peace with Him through the provision He has made in sending His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins? Have we confessed to Him our sinfulness and received the cleansing that His Holy Spirit brings when He is given access to our spirit, mind and body?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Second, we would check our power source: are we living on the power supply of God’s indwelling Spirit? His energy generator – His source of light in dark times, His warmth when facing cold winds that blow around us, His shelter from howling storms?
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
Next, we would clean up our “yard”. We would make sure we have we put away things from our former way of life that could become flying missiles to harm us or others in stormy times – sins, habits, selfish attitudes, knee-jerk reactions, anger, bitterness. Have we dealt with destructive words: profanity, critical barbs, sensuous talk, words that create doubt, fear, distrust; words that destroy self-worth or faith in God?
Col. 3:5-10 Put to death therefore whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now, you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
I like to think of using the word of God – various Scriptures – to “tape up the windows of my spirit” so that fierce winds of doubt, fear and anxiety don’t shatter my walk of faith in the God who loves us.
Prov. 6:20-23 My son, keep your father’s commands [words] . . . Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
So, are you ready for Irene? And are you ready for the final great storm?
©2011, Marcy Alves
- Tracking Hurricane Irene: Up-to-the-Minute Storm Updates (via NewsFeed) (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Hurricane Irene as Seen from International Space Station (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- A Guide To Preparing For Hurricane Irene (via CBS Boston) (richardemanuel.wordpress.com)
- Hurricane Irene raking Eastern Seaboard (summitcountyvoice.com)
Posted on August 27, 2011, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, In the News, My Journey, Reflections and tagged anti-Christ, Christianity, end times, Garden of Eden, God, good versus evil, Holy Spirit, Hurricane Irene, Jesus, lifestyle, Lower Manhattan, New England, New Hampshire, New York City, preparedness, readiness, salvation, Scripture, sin, spiritual storms, spirituality, storms, warfare. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.