In the year 1900 the city of Galveston, Texas had a surprise visitor one day. There were no satellites tracking systems in those days, and there were no weathermen to make warning predictions.
It was before either radio or television. But a tremendous hurricane was bearing down on the city from the Gulf of Mexico.
Even as it became apparent that it was going to be a big storm, there was only so much a person could do.
As the flood waters pushed ahead of the storm people moved to the upper floors of their houses or whatever “higher ground” they could find.
One man and his family waited it out in a house that he had built to withstand the ravages of any storm.
He was convinced that it would stand and refused to leave. By the time it was all over the entire town was covered beneath 15 feet of storm surge.
The man escaped at the last moment by jumping out a window with one of his daughters in his arms just as a washed out railroad trestle demolished his house like a matchbox.
It was nighttime and almost miraculously, there in the dark floodwaters, he found his brother and his other two daughters clinging to some floating wreckage and they all held on till morning.
Morning light revealed a town that utterly devastated.
Thousands upon thousands of bodies of friends, neighbors and loved ones lay among the debris of wrecked houses and businesses. The man lost his wife and home but he was one of the fortunate ones.
In the documentary they interviewed an elderly lady who had been there as a little girl. The morning after the storm she said that the few survivors made their way into what was left of the streets and everywhere they began to pray and sing hymns.
I am sure there was weeping and grieving over loved ones that would come soon enough but isn’t it interesting that the first visible reaction, the thing that little girl remembered, was praying and singing.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians about some of his experiences, “Through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults labors, watching and hunger”
And yet, he said, “we are afflicted in everyway, but not crushed, perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed.”
(2 Cor. 4:8:9)
Paul goes on in the very next verse to say it’s all because of Jesus. When the storms of life come your way where do you turn? Remember, no matter how desperate the circumstance, the Lord is always there.
Randy M Gardner