As I survey the damage of Irma in Bradenton and beyond it’s amazing how much “dead” and “diseased” trees and branches it took down. Not to mention the outdated infrastructure that it destroyed. Branches that should have been trimmed, maintained or eliminated long ago were the culprits in taking down valuable power supply infrastructure.
This is exactly what happens in our lives too. We get “dead” wood with respect to relationships, jobs, finances and it takes a storm in our life to be willing (actually forced) to make modifications to the way we live.
Why is it that it takes a storm of a heart attack, diabetes or stroke or divorce or bankruptcy to move us to action?
Irma was a blessing in a lot of ways. It made me recognize where my own affairs weren’t in order. It made our county and state recognize how unprepared we were for this type of catastrophe. We would have a lot less damage if the pruning and maintenance would have already been done by homeowners, municipalities and utility companies and not waited for Irma to do it for us.
My prayer is that it doesn’t take calamity in our lives to be willing to look at where we need to change some things. Don’t wait for the storm and calamity to come to recognize the need for pruning and growth or a new or renewed relationship with Jesus.
We all know, intuitively, where to turn our heads and our focus in the season of panic. Man the prayers start soaring, but why does it take calamity to turn our attention to the Lord. Is He not good enough to focus on all of the time? Is He not sufficient? Am I too distracted by the world to lift up my heart cry to Him like that everyday?
I’m believing that post Irma there is going to be revival in this community and in this state. That we will realize just how small we are and how big He is!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
I love this community and all the people in it and my hearts cry is for everyone to have a richer, more fulfilling life with Christ at the center. Be blessed!