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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)
One of the most human realities of our lives on this planet is that, whether we like it or not, things change on an almost constant basis. It is not just a matter of "daily", but "momentary", in many cases. There is a certain uneasiness that settles in on each of us when we come to that realization or are confronted with it directly in some fashion. So it is in our relationship to God that we have to reconcile our lives to that environment. What is important to realize is that "change" is a matter of perspective. . .ours. Simply put, God does not change, and that makes Him the Rock upon which our Faith is founded.
In recent days, we have had our attention focused on the great equinoctial storms known as "hurricanes." In the words of Scripture, they go where they "listeth". Inevitably, the question comes up, "How can God permit this to happen to good people?"
The answer has little to do with us as individuals, but more to do with the nature of Creation at large.
Put simply, hurricanes and similar natural phenomena are not mindless destroyers. They are part and parcel of the Creation itself and remind us of the constant adaptation of this world to changes that may be going on of which we know little. Certainly, there is enormous inconvenience in the notion that wildlife such as alligators may seek refuge in our homes. Such events in themselves reveal to us that this is all a part of God's plan for His Creation of which we are a part, and is a reminder that it is not our Creation. In the wake of such events, we should realize that the Gospel message does not change, either.
As temporary residents on this small part of God's Creation, we can see that these events are opportunities for us to go with refreshed faith into the new world that follows, leaving the problems of the old behind. It is important to take part in that opportunity and not miss it. After all, is that not what the rainbow that follows the storm is all about?
Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith