Monday, September 11, 2017

THE DIFFERENCE

As I have watched Irma slowly crawl across the Atlantic this week, it has occurred to me what a difference a slight shift in direction can mean for hundreds of thousands--even millions.  We may be able to track hurricanes, but we are not always predictable in getting our predictions correct.  A slight variation in many weather factors can have a huge impact on where Irma decides to finally wreck havoc.  



What I find truly more amazing than the unpredictability of the route a hurricane might take is those who sit and gamble on missing the direct impact.  It is a game of Russian roulette with high stakes when you wait until the very last minute to flee.  Escape routes can be clogged, the storm may pick up speed hitting sooner than thought, the gas supply can be gone, and why you could even have a flat tire.  Over and over I have heard the Florida governor warn his citizens, "If you wait until the storm to call, we will not be able to help."  He refuses to put his first responders in danger because someone failed to heed the warning.



Life is filled with storms---some we know are coming and others which come out of the blue.  It is important to heed the warnings, when we are fortunate enough to have one.  What a difference a warning can make.  What a difference a storm changing direction can make for so many.  All we can do is be prepared and heed the warnings along the way.


I get a lot of strange looks when I explain to friends that I have made all the preparations for the final storm in life.  Wills are written, instructions have been given--DNR's and medical directives are all filled out.  I am not living life in dread of the inevitable, but I am prepared for the day it comes.  We don't get out of this alive--I promise! 



The most important thing I have done is made preparations to ensure where I will spend Eternity.  I have heeded the warnings, I have made the preparations, and I live in the surety of tomorrow--whatever it might bring.  I have not sat around waiting for the final warning--for often we are given  no warning.  I am out of the path of eternal damnation and riding along the road leading to eternity with Him.  What a difference it can make to be prepared for whatever the next moment might bring.  The difference of the peace which comes with the assurance of eternity in His presence.


Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them
Hebrews 7:25

6 comments:

  1. Sober thoughts on this very cold, almost wintry, morning where I am. Thank you, Lulu.

    God bless.

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    1. It's warming up here, Victor. Highs will be in the 90's at week's end. The difference a day can make in the temperature here in the South is amazing!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. Very sober thoughts, concurring with Victor...and I totally agree about the preparations. When we discuss eternal salvation, a lot of folks just look at you dumbfounded. Some of it is surreal and some of it just leaves me sad.

    Great post, friend.

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    1. I am SO thankful there is more after this life!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  3. Hi Lulu! You have made the best preparations of all, trying to get ready for the life beyond. My husband and I have also made some arrangements for our deaths, and I think it's an important step. That way, we don't burden the kids too much.
    I have many, many contacts in Florida. The hurricane was a real source of wonder and worry. My niece in Orlando made it through, and didn't even lose power! My parents lived in Marco Island for over 30 years, so news of the eye landfall there was just so sad... But hopefully there has been no loss of life, and that God will help all rebuild.
    Have a great week!
    Ceil

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    1. YES, Ceil, the stuff can all be replaced- a life cannot be. So thankful your love ones are safe!
      Blessings!

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