Most people may not be familiar with the passage of scripture printed above, but many have heard this one: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Luke (6:31).
All of us in this country have probably seen the recent devastation that resulted from Hurricane Florence. It caused catastrophic flooding to the Eastern Coastal Carolina's, and extended inland affecting cities and towns such as Wilmington, cities and towns like, Bern, Lumberton, and parts of Virginia just to name a few. Thousands of people, including myself were praying that the meteorologist would be wrong in their prognostication of a category 4 hurricane hitting the Mid-Atlantic coastline. Most of us were indeed grateful that Florence was downgraded from a category 4 to a category 1 once it hit the land.
However people were not prepared for the amount of rain and the length of time the hurricane would hover over the states and produce in some paces over 20 inches of rain. The onslaught of rain stranded thousands of people in their homes. Some did not adhered the call to evacuate and had to be rescued from their homes. We are continuing to see images and pictures of its devastation on the nightly newscast. Fortunately the First Responders, and other rescuers showed up in trucks and in boats. They were on a missions to rescue those people who were in imminent danger. Many people are still in shelters, living with family and friends and unable to go back to their homes. Sadly, some do not have a home to go back to.
I know that a lot of is complain and fear that we as a people have lost our love, compassion, and generosity towards mankind. But when an event of catastrophic magnitude hits one of our countrymen, we rise to the occasion. The actions of valiant, men, women and organizations brings to mind the scripture in Proverbs 3:37., which instructs us to help others when it is in our power and capacity to do so.
There were images of people in boats picking up stranded people from their homes. Their actions and good-will demonstrate a willingness to use whatever resources they had at their disposal for the good and benefit of their neighbors. We may not always feel adequate for the task at hand; often we become overcome and paralyzed by thinking we don't have the skills and the resources to help our fellowman. In those cases we throw up our hands and pray that someone else will pick up the gauntlet and do what we feel we are unable to do.
In 2017 Hurricane Harvey caused pretty much the same catastrophic flooding to eastern Texas. The Texas Navy could not stop the floodwaters from rising, nor could they legislate the government, (Fema) to assist them. But they use what they had within their power-their boats! they employed lots and lots of boats to come to the rescue of those stranded due to the rising flooded streets and neighborhoods. Thank God the same is true in this recent scenario in our South Eastern Coastal States.
Let's us not be dismissive in our estimation of what we can do to assist humanity. Instead, let's pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to our minds, the way in which we can be a blessing to our hurting neighbors. May we bring our boats, trucks, airplanes, the army, navy, and coastguard to assist and help to take people to places of refuge and safety. Let's get them to higher ground out of the path of destruction. An then let us pray that in the days to come, our government and wonderful philanthropist, regular citizens will come along side the people in the Mid-Atlantic states, to help them make a full recover from Hurricane Florence.
LET KEEP PRAYING FOR THE HURRICANE VICTIMS:
DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS.