“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7
I was up at 4 a.m. to meet the Mail Boat that was transporting persons from Grand Bahama to the capital who survived Hurricane Dorian. The quietness of the morning was heightened as there was no raucous laughter or incessant talking. Faces bare of artificial makeup just stared as if they awoke from a bad dream in a strange place.
While driving to Potter’s Cay, yes the place of landing, the scripture came to me: “Let everything that hath breath, praise The Lord!” So the experience and devastation of the worst natural climatic disaster to hit two of our islands, is not to moan over the material losses, but the thousands of souls that perished is a divine and necessary reason for the tens of thousands who survive to give thanks to the Almighty for still being on planet earth!! The onus is on those “who have breath”.
There was an interesting young lady being interviewed who gave a very detailed account of her experience. I watched her persona and was impressed because I saw natural leadership in her. Afterwards, I spoke with her and asked her name. She responded, “Alfred Deleveaux.” I further asked her what church she attended and she told me First Baptist. The reason is that I was looking not at the vast amount of persons coming to the capital, but how Dorian brought the harvest of souls and the need for labourers for the saving of souls. Mind you, weeks before Dorian even thought of coming here, I told my pastor that God was getting ready to fill churches with persons hungry for the word of God and that the “harvest is great”.
Are we noticing how The Bahamas has and continues to be on every global network retelling the story of Dorian? Did not Naomi in scripture cry out that God had dealt bitterly with her because of the deaths of her husband and two sons? But did she know that she was a part of the plan of salvation, being a good mother-in-law to Ruth, thus the genealogy of Jesus Christ? Should we all give God thanks, “smooth let it be or rough, winding or straight”? It will end up for our good because the “bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower”.
I am taking this opportunity to turn the bitter into sweet. I am about witnessing and telling others of what great things God can do for them, especially when the going gets tough and hills are hard to climb. Many are thinking of material things and some will see this as an opportunity to hoard and board rather than give to the needy. My late father told me that if you wanted to know someone, give them something to share. No, you don’t have to live with them, and a lot of persons are going to be exposed and deposed because of the outpouring of love and support coming from the global community. I say, Dorian is a test to both saints and sinners! Stewardship and leadership are at stake!!
Yea, dear readers, in spite of, it is not about what is gone, but what is left; and the Lord is still good. He is still a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He still knoweth them that trust in Him. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord and watch God!!