Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hurricane Rita trials

As I write this at 10 PM Thursday I have 19 relatives traveling in 7 cars out of Beaumont, Texas, running from Hurricane Rita. Rain from outer bands of the storm is falling outside my house in Cape Coral, Florida. Rita stretches 400 miles over the western half of the Gulf of Mexico. My family has been driving for 12 hours and covered less than 100 miles in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Fortunately, they found gasoline a few minutes ago and refueled. They cannot find hotel rooms available anywhere in East Texas so they are heading toward relatives in Arkansas.

Natural disasters, and the threat of them, show us how weak and dependent we really are. God is so good to us so often that we tend to presume on His kind provisions. It becomes hard for us to pray that He will give us this day our daily bread when we have cabinets and refrigerators full of food. Trials remind us of our need for grace. We all need it every moment of every day. Learning to remember that we need God's grace when times are easy prepares us for clinging to the hope that we are not beyond grace when times are hard.

May God's grace shine through the trials of hurricanes.

4 comments:

johnMark said...

Such true and good words. It's amazing what I (we?) take for granted on a daily basis.

Thanks for the thoughts.

Only by His grace,
Mark

Aaron L. Turner said...

I will be praying for you family bro. Keep us posted as to their well being.

jthomas899 said...

If anything is needed tell them to contact me I live in Little Rock.

501-951-3650

Tom said...

My family all made it safely to Arkansas (Ft. Smith, where an sunt lives). One of my sisters was in a car 36 hours to get there. Thanks for your prayers and your offer of assistance (JT). They are anxious to get back and survey the damage.