Filter Through Life

I don’t like Ike
September 12, 2008, 9:34 am
Filed under: Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Religion, Weather | Tags: ,

There are apparently a lot of people that have chosen to stay in the Houston area and stare down Hurricane Ike.  I can’t help but liken this to the Christian walk. 


There will be many opportunities for each and every one of us to stare down a storm in our lives; it’s called adversity and it’s inevitable.  What we choose to do in the mist of adversity can possibly strengthen our character and it can definitely reveal it. 


Regardless of what someone does in the midst of a hurricane, the aftermath will almost always be messy.  The same goes with adversity.  Choosing to face it will almost always be messy for a while.  It causes damage, loss and it can hurt.  But we don’t have to brave the storm alone.  Psalm 46:1-3 says:


    God is our refuge and strength,
       an ever-present help in trouble.

    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

    though its waters roar and foam
       and the mountains quake with their surging.

Do we have the faith to let God help us through adversity or will we run from it?  Personally, I am too chunky to run so I will just look adversity in square in the eye and when it asks, “Have you paid your dues?” I will respond, “Yes sir, the check is in the mail.”

One cautionary note: if I were in Houston facing an adversary such as Ike, I think would have to turn tail and run. (And I’m a manly man)  

Run, Houston, Run!!!

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.