Hurricanes

Luke 8:22-25 KJV  “Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
[23] But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water , and were in jeopardy.
[24] And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
[25] And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”

Why did Jesus ask his disciples, ‘Where is your faith?’

The same account is mentioned in Matthew 8 but notice verse 26,

Matthew 8:26 KJV  “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

Notice Jesus asked why are ye fearful? Then he said they had little faith. For those who have walked with the Lord for a while know, Jesus never fails. We know God always comes through. Many times at the last minute.

Notice fear, fear is an emotion. Emotions come from the soul, the mind and the heart. Fear can cause anxiety. All of these are attributes of the soul not the spirit. Friends, God has appointed a time for us to die. Hebrews 9:27 KJV  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

When you allow fear to overcome you in a situation you inhibit faith. Which brings me to my title, Hurricanes. As a Floridian, we have gone through many hurricanes over the years. Certain areas in Florida are more prone to hurricanes than others. Why? Steering winds, how fronts push down from the north, jet streams and such.

If you were to drive the state of Florida you would notice the west coast, the Gulf of Mexico side, does not have a large population near the coast in what we call, the Big Bend Area. That is the curve where the peninsula meets the panhandle. Why? Prone to hurricanes. The east coast, the Atlantic Ocean side has a large population. Why? Historically, fewer hurricanes. And that is why the east coast is being evacuated. Such a large population and historically, large hurricanes cause a lot of damage.

If there is not a large population in the area, there is less damage. People get the wrong perception, no big deal. But if you saw what happened after Hurricane Andrew, a large population area in Homestead Florida, you would evacuate. So my rule of thumb has been, if a Cat 3 or more, evacuate.

The east coast of Florida most likely, will have catastrophic damage. Simply because of the large population and many structures. However, after Andrew, the building codes were changed and since then, buildings have faired better.

My point? God is in control. I will not be foolish. I will pray and ask God to protect me and what he has lent to me. I think of Elijah – he was caught up in a whirlwind. Imagine that.

All airports, schools, colleges, universities closed. Causeways, bridges and roads closing. Kennedy Space Center evacuated. Trains, buses closing down. The east coast is evacuating. Governor Rick Scott pre-staging fuel trucks, supplies, power company resources so when the storm passes, immediately resources put to work.

Here is the most recent post we have received from local news outlets. Have a great weekend and until next time.

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