We've gotten some more word from friends in the New Orleans area. The tornadoes (note: plural) that roared through the eastern section on Tuesday afternoon did enormous damage. Yes, there were injuries. From an EF-3, a pretty powerful twister in very much inhabited area, it could have been much much worse. Which is probably small comfort for those affected.
The storms of life are real. Sometimes they're big and visible, like this. Sometimes, they come when the doctor comes in with Bad News. Or the Bad Phone call. Or the boss calls you in and say, "we're making some changes". Or others.
There are those who will tell you that if you are doing things Just Right, that the Lord is obligated to provide earthly blessings, to shield you from the howling winds, that you will be loved and respected by all. It's not true, it's never been true. And, this side of Heaven, it will never be true. The Lord will bring us THROUGH the storms, not AROUND them. One of those motivational speakers that my then-employer made us listen to, would have the theme of "begin with the end in mind". Not a bd motto, and doubly so for the believer. Steven died for the faith, and is with the Lord today. So did Jesus. And Paul, and many many others, including in the last few hours.
I don't know how the Lord will be glorified in this tornado, or the other storms either. But I do know that the world is watching,
Dear Wife is next door with the Little One. Mom, the niece, works until 4 pm today. I have to have Wife to a clinic by 9 pm, one about 18 miles from here, for a "sleep study", a follow-up to the one a few weeks ago. Then pick her up at 06:00, bring her home, let her shower off the "goo" from the electrodes on the scalp and back, then have her to a different doctor about 18 miles away in a somewhat different direction for a follow-up from her previous two appointments, one which was for the kidney infection and thus the heavy-duty antibiotics she's been on for the last two weeks, and the other for the sinus infection she had been fighting for most of the two weeks before that. Then, Lord willing, she'll be cleared to come home and take the injection of Humira to deal with the two or three kinds of arthritis and several other autoimmune diseases (including psoriasis) that have had more than six weeks of free run. Leading to most of the joints swollen and great pain throughout the body. So it will be an "interesting" next few days.
We got notified by my nephew's wife that she had to drop everything and drive from their naval base on the east coast up to far western Ohio, near Lima. Her cousin's son was killed in an auto wreck a few days ago. The deceased was only 8 years old, had a seatbelt on and was in a rear seat, but that was not enough. So far as I have been able to determine, there is little or no focus there on any Christian faith, none whatever. What good the Lord can get from this I don't know. But I know that He knew of this a million years ago, so it's not a surprise to Him.
Storms. How do we deal with them?
Oh, and it is about 22° here, which will be the "high" for the day, supposedly. Snow on the ground from all night snowfall, more falling right now. Yuck!! Yet, after today, the next 10 days are predicted to see highs above the freezing point, with a high on Saturday of 52°. I imagine that, as ever, the "highs" will allow enough melt that the lows will turn that melted snow into sheets of ice. Which is worse for driving and walking than snow is. Could get very "interesting" on the roads.
Our most recent home will see a high today of 55, and Sunday, 75°. Sounds better. Our home before that is at 40, Sunday high of 67°. The one before that will have a high today of 55, and a high Sunday of 77°. Do I miss that? You bet!
The reading for today from the Old Testament is chapters 7, 8, and 9 from the book of Leviticus.
The Tabernacle and its furnishings have been created and set up. Now the Lord is giving some very specific instructions, VERY specific, about how things were to be done, and by whom, and when, and how. Specific. Don't vary. Obey.
Our passage in the New Testament is verses 31-46 of chapter 25 in the Gospel of Matthew.
This is right before the account transitions to the Last Supper, and the events after. I sometimes wonder what passed through the minds of the disciples in the times after this.