Every since I can remember hurricanes have been a part of being a Florida resident. From the first one I remember, Hurricane Donna in 1960 to Charley in 2004, we’ve grown accustomed to their threat and survived their strikes. A hurricane is the most unpredictable of all storms and can cause catastrophic damage but we hardly seem to flinch when one is baring down on our homes and state. We’ve become accustomed to the threat and we’ve learned to moderate our response to something that could wipe out our homes and possibly kill us.
Contrast our response to hurricanes to the slightest downturn in the stock market, to a job loss, or a unfavorable diagnosis. We panic as if there is no tomorrow. We cry out “why God” when we loose a few dollars in our retirement accounts but hardly seem to bat an eye when thousands are left homeless by Hurricane Michael that hit Mexico Beach, Florida, just last year.
Have we become callous about catastrophe? Are we so preoccupied with self that we simply consider it part of today’s news when others are bitterly suffering? Whats has happened to us? What are we going to do about being callous, accustomed and panic-free for our neighbors?
Have you ever thought maybe God is trying to get our attention? I am acutely reminded of the Old Testament stories of God getting the attention of his people. I pray we are not so hard headed. What do you think? What would Jesus say to these things?