After the Storm
October 20, 2017
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A week after a close encounter with Hurricane Nate along with watching Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria wreak havoc on Texas and the rest of Florida earlier this summer, the quiet calm “After the Storm” is so much sweeter knowing we are all okay. This magnificent sunset we saw while eating at the Sunset Grill reminded me of what only God can create…from glorious sunsets to powerful hurricanes. They are all part His plan. But how do we fit into this plan? As the “hands and feet of Christ”, we are given endless opportunities to make the world a better place…helping neighbors, participating in the Peanut Butter Challenge, working on the Campus clean up, getting ready for the Bishop’s visit, volunteering in the Redemption Store, or just sitting quietly watching the sun go down. How we see that plan and what we do about it is up to us.
The 05:30 Early Morning Men’s Group is currently reading N.T. Wright’s, “Simply Good News, Why the Gospel is News and What Makes it Good”. In one section titled, “Saving the World”, p.97 N.T. Wright wrote:
“God wants to put humans right to put the world right. And the good news is that this has been accomplished through Jesus.”
N.T. Wright goes on to say,
“This is true, but not the whole truth. We forgot what humans were here for in the first place. God made humans so that He could look after His world through this particular creature. God’s intention was to bring his creation forward from its beginnings to be the glorious place he always intended and to do so through the human family.”
These words struck a chord in me as I look for God’s plan around us.
“This is what it means to be in the image of God. God is not an object in the world, but he wanted from the first to be present and active in His world. So he created humans to be the means and mode of that presence and that activity.”
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
Genesis 1:26 The Message (MSG)
So…If God’s plan was to create us to be His instruments, what musical instrument do you play? The Good News is we all have a part in God’s orchestra. We are never alone, and what a beautiful place it becomes as we work together as a family to make the world a better place.
In closing, one of the first things I did after Hurricane Nate blew through was to check on The Way. I am glad to report, although the boardwalk went under water, we did not lose a board and the Information Kiosk did equally well. Credit goes to those who designed and built them. I want to thank those who helped not only with the recent Fall Campus Cleanup* but also for those who work all during the year to maintain the PBUMC Campus, landscaping, and the Nature Trail. AMEN
Jerry & Jeannie, circa 1978