I made several calls Monday. Checked on my mom. She had food, water,
flashlights, lanterns, and batteries. I also made contact with my sister, Kathleen. She was on her way back from Vermont. She stopped at the New Hampshire state store to pick up a few items to see her through. When I made contact with my brother, Tim on Tuesday he had just left one of his stores and reported that he survived the wrath of hurricane Sandy with little damage. He is A VP and District Manager for 300 “Dunkin’ Donuts” stores.
As I viewed the graphic scenes of destruction, flooding, fire, and devastation from the “Frankenstorm” I was struck by the inability of anyone to control or limit Sandy’s force. My prayers and thoughts go out to all who have endured such agony and loss. This event will forever change the lives of many, and not in a good way.
I am sure some will seek to establish blame for the intensity of Hurricane Sandy. Familiar scapegoats are global warming, the sins of the people, the revenge of God, and the fickleness of “mother nature.”
Simply, this is just another reminder of how little control we have over the events that take place in the world. Oh, we are quick to flex our “god” muscle and gloat over our “manifest destiny” . However, we have as much control and destiny as that Jaguar did when the rushing torrent flooded the parking lot moving the car out into the street.
Consider this if you will; our control, power, and destiny is manifested in our response to the upheavals, challenges, and tragedies of life. We have no power over them. Instead we have the power to respond and the power to act.
Is that why Jesus modeled servant hood, so that we would know how to respond and when to act?
We Labor Together with God,