Hurricane at Disney
While watching the devastation during Hurricane Harvey I said, “Why did those people not evacuate when the orders were given? I promise if there was a hurricane headed at me, I’d be out of there.”
And yet, I am at Disney World and Hurricane Irma is headed at me.
God makes me eat my words so often, I’ve almost gotten used to the bitter taste.
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As a Christian, I know that I am suppose to have faith.
And I do.
But as a human, I want to know the reason.
I want to understand why God has placed me and two of my precious children in the path of a hurricane.
We came here for the Experience Conference so my husband could learn new techniques for working with our church’s worship team, and now we’re about to expereince our first hurricane.
And if he’d just let me know that I’m here to tell the people in room 4633 about the amazing love of Jesus and bring them to know Him, then I’d be good.
I’d head straight there and take care of business.
But He’s given me no such message.
Instead, I’m just here in what feels like an extremely dangerous situation with no real reason as to why.
Interestingly enough, I just started the First Five Bible study Suffering and Sovereignty and it’s all about Job right now.
Ya’ll know the story of Job?
Here’s a quick summary.
Job was “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” (Job 1:1 ESV)
He’d been blessed with a big family and great wealth.
Satan and God were talking, and Satan said that Job was only faithful because God had been good to him. God said that Satan could do whatever he wanted to Job and that Job would still be faithful.
So Satan did.
In one day, all of his children died and he lost all of his wealth. He was later plagued with painful sores all over his body. His wife blamed God. Job’s friends said he must have some secret sin that God was punishing him for.
And through all of that, “Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:22 ESV)
Job had no idea what God was using him for.
He didn’t know any of the heavenly talk that had happened.
He only knew that he’d lost everything.
And despite being at the lowest point of anyone ever, he still loved and trusted God.
So, I can trust God during this hurricane.
Even though Disney has closed the parks which has only happened 5 other times in the history of Walt Disney World, I can trust God.
But, I am not trusting Him to deliver me through this hurricane safely.
I don’t think my safety is God’s primary concern.
My safety, my comfort, my happiness always take a back seat to His Glory and my holiness.
Here is what my trust in Him looks like.
I Trust in His Presence
I KNOW that whatever happens in the next few hours and days, He is with us.
I need no more confirmation of His presence than the fact that I am totally at peace.
In the course of a typical day, I plan and micromanage everything and struggle to find peace.
I look at the arrangement of the fruit on display on the kitchen counter and wonder, “Do they look natural like that or too arranged?”
And yet, here I am at the edge of a storm that is throwing an entire state into disarray and we are cuddling with these sweet little girls as if nothing is wrong.
God’s presence brings that kind of peace, and only God’s presence brings that kind of peace.
I Trust in His Purpose
These weather conditions have not taken God unaware.
He hasn’t been napping.
He knows what is coming and He has a plan.
When the disciples woke Jesus during a storm on the Sea of Galilee, He asked why they were afraid and didn’t they have faith.
Ultimately, it helped to build the faith of His disciples.
Sometimes storms do that.
Earlier today we spoke with a lady from Canada who was on edge.
She was looking for a place to get coffee.
If ever there was a person who needed a cup of coffee, it was her.
Chip didn’t have coffee to give her, but he had the opportunity to pray with her.
So he prayed.
When we saw her later, she was holding a cup of coffee and holding herself together.
There are going to be millions of people impacted by this storm and millions of opportunities to share the love of Jesus through it.
I Trust His Power
I don’t know how Irma will shake out.
I don’t know if we will make it through unharmed.
I don’t know if we will be trapped in our hotel room or trapped in Orlando because of canceled flights.
What I do know is that God has a plan and the power to make that plan happen.
If we are trapped, then it will be for His Glory and our eternal good.
“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” – Stonewall Jackson
Update 9/11/17: We made it through the hurricane completely unharmed. It was a very long night listening to the howling winds and trees cracking and calming down little girls. But besides broken trees, most of our resort is intact. They are still serving food and one of the pools was reopened this afternoon.
What do you think of hurricanes at Disney or other storms in your life? Tell us in the comments!
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Thinking of all involved. Stay safe
We are planning on it Sandy!
Girl, you crazy! But what an adventure since it was not totally awful. We’re in Spring (north houston) and I found your blog for some ways kids can serve others. If you have any other ideas, let me know. And have fun serving and watching how everyone serves so selflessly.
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You are in our thoughts through this journey. Lots of love x
Carol Weaver says
Thinking of you and everyone that was in the path!
Thank you for the reminder about Job. I’ve been working my way through a storm of sorts over the last several months. My family’s lives are being totally rearranged and I’ve been struggling with a feeling of being powerless to fix anything. It all seems somewhat trivial in light of what you and the rest of the people in Florida are dealing with. But all the same I needed this reminder that God is still here.
I pray that you and your family come through the storm unscathed and that God is able to use you in a glorious way.
I totally understand the feeling. And sometimes I think that situations like what your family is going through are actually more difficult than things like hurricanes. With a natural calamity, there’s a checklist of things to do to be prepared and handle the situation. With an internal struggle, there’s no checklist you just have to have faith. We are praying for you and your family in this time of uncertainty.
I truly admire your perspective on this situation! Indeed God has a plan for his people and I truly believe that a lot of good has come out of this all. People’s faith has been strengthened, I’ve seen humanity showing unbelievable love and compassion for their fellow brothers/sisters, and most of all, It has taught us that God is very much in control and we must simply be still and trust in him. I’m happy to hear you and your family are all safe and sound.
Thank you! It is so amazing to see people come together and help so selflessly. I love when situations that seem horrible bring out the best in humanity.