WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES! Last year at this time Hurricane Irma passed our way and we are thankful that we were personally spared from damage except for being inconvenienced. Others around us were not so fortunate. Now at this time Hurricane Florence is on a rampage and headed for the East coast north of Florida toward South Caroline and northward to North Carolina and Virginia. Our prayers go up to heaven for all the residents of those States and we have friends and family among those residents. Key words are Prepare & Vacate. As thousands have discovered in the past; material things are not worth risking your life for. In situations like these real values are discovered. Loving others as your self becomes routine rather than just a biblical saying for most people. For most people sacrifice rather than selfishness becomes common rather than uncommon valor. Disaster preparation kits become more than items on a sheet. And the possibility of death becomes a common fear that motivates action for just about everyone.
Hurricanes offer warnings before they arrive and though they are often unpredictable in direction usually they offer us time to do some preparation for their arrival. In the course of daily life we often forget that death can occur at almost any time on any day. Accidents happen and death can occur in an instant. Fatal heart attacks are not confined to one particular age group or sex of a person. Violence and death can occur without notice. And sometimes people die for various reasons while preparing for hurricanes. Eternity faces all of us and the Bible is clear that based on our choices we spend eternity in heaven or hell. In an instant death can arrive and what we do in preparation for that moment is eternally important. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV). When the hurricane is blowing the house down and the rains are flooding the premises it is a little late to prepare. And when death arrives at your door preparation time is in the past tense but God offers this time today to make preparation for eternity, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (Romans 10:13 NIV). While most of us when warned prepare for disasters should we not also take time to prepare for eternity?