Daily Post: Crescendo
First, hurricanes Harvey and Irma (and maybe Jose), and now this morning an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico, has rocked our world. When tectonic plates collide, one riding up and over another, orogeny, volcanoes and earthquakes happen. When earthquakes, volcanoes, and hurricanes happen in rapid succession, this may be the very definition of crescendo.
Does it have to mean the end of the world? Not for the whole world perhaps, but it does for some. Some human beings in the wrong place at the wrong time through no fault of their own lose their lives and it is the end of the world. Other’s whose homes or businesses are destroyed, literally wiping out their previous life from existence, have to start over, and the world is changed forever. For those looking in from the outside, whose lives may have been affected negatively by these disasters, each makes a choice to join the fray of helpers, or in the ultimate act of self-indulgence, turn a blind eye.
Texas has survived, and lives will go on. But Irma is almost upon us, and it is not time for us to stand down saying “we did our best.” It is time to kneel down, and declare, “God we need you still!” Then, after we’ve once again declared our dependence on Him, we need to beat the drums and blow the horns, and rally once again for the coming need which will be felt in our neighboring states when Irma finally hits.
The president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto says there hasn’t been an earthquake this size in Mexico in over a century. You know what this means. The death count today may be 5, but it’s just the early hours of discovering what lies beneath the rubble. So we beat the drums and blow the horns again, we send out the rally call to all the world, “help!”
Remember, this is not the end. It is only the birth pangs.
You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
Oh no, my friends, this is not the end. It is the crescendo that builds to a roar in our ears that helps us understand in unique and startling clarity, we are human, and subject to the God of Heaven. As the crescendo builds in your heart, trust Him not just with your soul, but with your very life.
We pray today for those in recovery, for those in depression, for those who’ve lost it all.
We pray for those who are hunkering down.
We pray for those who dig through the rubble.
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