What do the biggest storm to hit New York on record and an intense and dramatic national election have in common?
Aside from all the wind, the garbage being thrown around, the folks on the east coast just sitting in their homes waiting for it to be over, there is a keener similarity between the two that is important to keep in mind. That is that God is in control.
The super storm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy has taken the lives of 38 people and done millions of dollars of damage along the coast. 8.2 million homes were cut off from power. The skyline of New York City, one of the greatest cities on earth, is black, and the subway tunnels are flooded. Winds ripped through the cities on the coast at 80 mph as waves crashed over sea walls to flood the streets. Pieces of the iconic boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ now reportedly float down the flooded streets.
The Christian band "Casting Crowns" sing in "Praise You in this Storm,"
"As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
'I'm with you'
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"
We're going to hear a lot about more in the future about the carnage this storm has caused along the east coast. Now, I'm going to resist the urge to compare that carnage to the last four years, but I will point out that the same God who controls the awesome power of the storm controls the outcome of the election, and just as he is working through the storm that pounds our states right now, he will work through that election - no matter which way it goes.
Our prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones in this storm and those who are still in danger. Many lives will not be going back to normal for a very long time and they deserve our prayers and any help we can give them.
Have you taken time in the midst of the storms of the day to praise God?