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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Truths from a Tornado"

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"A wise man will hear, and increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." Proverbs 1:5

 

 


After the devastation of this last week, as residents of Hattiesburg we are counting our blessings.  Our hearts and prayers are with those who lost their houses and suffered personal injuries, but we rejoice that there has been no loss of life.  With a 3/4 of a mile-wide EF4 tornado on the ground for 90 miles, the fact that no one perished is incredible.  I was reminded of several truths in the aftermath of Sunday’s storm:

1.   You never know what a day may bring forth.  As we got out of bed and prepared for a wonderful Lord’s Day, we had no idea that our lives would change that day.  Many got up and showered and dressed, ate breakfast, and spent time around a house that is no longer there!  Beautiful neighborhoods were turned into debris fields, and houses were gutted in a moment.  “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”  Proverbs 27:1

2.   It only takes a minute to destroy.  As I left town on Tuesday morning, I passed the USM campus.  It shocked me to see how much destruction took place in that minute and a half that the tornado passed through there.  What I noticed immediately was the loss of those mighty live oak trees.  With their massive spreading branches, those trees have guarded the boundaries of that beautiful campus for many years, and in a blink of an eye, they are gone.  I’m reminded that what may take a lifetime to build or grow can be destroyed in a moment.  Remember that, when it comes to your testimony or your family.

3.   We must keep a proper perspective.  When I received word that the Hodge/Morris’ house was destroyed, and that Bro. Hill had to rush home, I immediately became concerned about those families.  Not once did we ask how their couches, refrigerators, televisions or cars were.  We were only concerned with those people we love.  Perspective often gets lost in life.  We find ourselves spending what we don’t have, to buy what we don’t need, to impress those we don’t like!  We put our focus on the things we are working for, and forget to be kind, patient and loving to the people we live with.  “See that you love one another with a pure heart fervently.”  I Peter 1:22  This Valentine’s Day comes at the right time.  Let’s rekindle our love for each other, and refocus our perspective on what is truly important.

We rejoice with those who suffered no losses, and we weep with those who did.  We will pitch in to help others rebuild their houses and pick up the pieces, but we must not lose sight of the lessons we have learned.

 



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Previous devotions

"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013
"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011


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