Thoughts: Hurricane Katrina

Here's what it looks like in some places here right now. God has been so merciful to South Florida and has spared us again- when the hurricane hit us, it was only a category 1, and the damage was minimal. School has been out for two days and many of us lost power (mine was out for 48 hours), but things are almost back to normal for just about everybody here. I can only praise God for guiding the storm away from us, and my heart goes out to those whose lives have been reduced to this...


These are people stuck in gridlock trying to escape New Orleans, which is now facing Katrina as a category 5. It was first headed directly for Ft. Lauderdale and when the eye was only about 35 miles offshore, the Lord allowed it to turn south, so anything is possible, and Lousiana and Mississippi may have much less damage than they expect. Whatever happens, pray that God will get the glory from this, and that this may be an opportunity to turn people's hearts to Him. He is sovereign and has a plan for each person affected by this disaster.


A friend shared Nichole Nordeman's song "Gratitude" (click here to hear a sample) with me after the last hurricane we had. It really gave both of us a sense of piece about seeking after God's will and recognizing His plan, even when it's not our own:

Gratitude

Send some rain, would You send some rain?
'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You

With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead
And if we never taste that bread

Oh, the differences that often are between
What we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace
But Jesus, would You please . . .

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