This has been an eventful week. We have seen and are seeing so many different natural phenomenons in a short period of time. The solar eclipse caused so many people to gather and have a unified experience. It meant different things to different people but what we could all agree on was that it was monumental, especially for those who were in the path of totality. For me I got to very briefly look through some glasses at the sun about 35 minutes before it was at its fullest in my area, which was only 75%. I also got to see the crescent shaped shadows I remembered from childhood.
I also reflected back to what I have read in the bible that there was a total darkness when Jesus died on the cross. It was a good reminder of the One who gave His life for us so we could be saved from eternal damnation. I rejoice in that.
Then there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday morning on my way to work. I did not feel it but it happened at 6:41am and had I been at work then I probably would have felt it. One person described it as a thunder clap and then a rolling of the ground. That took me back to the one’s I had experienced at my previous job, just like that. Now compared to California earthquakes this was nothing but since we have not been having them here for too long it really is an event. And wouldn’t you know it around the time that Jesus died on the cross the earth shook too.
And of course Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico made landfall and is still wreaking havoc as I write, although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The devastation of this category 4 hurricane and the subsequent flooding is tremendous. I saw pictures from Port Aransas where we vacationed two years ago, and my daughter just came back from, it is not good. That flooding brings to mind Noah and the 40 day flood. We cannot even imagine the devastation that was brought on by that flood.
Certainly my prayers will go up for all the victims of the disastrous hurricane. All these events stand as a reminder that we should be vigilant because nature will take its course and there will be disasters but we must hold strong to our faith and be the hands of God on this earth to give help where it is needed. To share what we can with those in need remembering that we are here to give Glory to God.
Some events are amazing and some are terrible but they all give us opportunity to show others that we and God love them. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.