Gustav came in with heavy winds and rain. He shattered the City of Baton Rouge and life as we know it was not the same.
Gustav is a name given to the Hurricane that passed through our city. He was not as bad as Katrina several years ago, but he caused some bad damage. He ruined homes, he demolished trees, broke electric and telephone poles and actually displaced the comfort zones of most people in the city.
No air conditioning! No television! No radio! No video games! No hot meals, all of the food in the freezer had to be disposed of! Oh my God, what are we going to do? We canít live in these conditions! Well America this is exactly what can happen when we are so unthankful. Because of our ungratefulness we waste a lot. We take for granted that we will always have and that is not necessarily true.
People in other lands are starving everyday. We are in the land of plenty, what we lost can be restored. The only thing that we cannot restore is the lost of life.
Doing the time of the storm, the winds blew hard and the rain fell very hard. Have you ever wondered how this could be? Do the winds just decide that they are going to take a walk through the land and see what damage they can do? Does the rain just decide that I am going to make it flood? Of course not, something or someone is at the reigns that control the winds and rain. Although we know that disruptions and annihilations of something cause a change in the weather, we also know that it is God that made the weather. He causes all dead stuff to be disintegrated. They can no longer live among the living.
As I rode through the city and paid attention to the trees that fell, I asked God why? And the reason I asked him why; was because some skinny small trees in comparison to the big trees that fell with all of its roots as high as the house it fell upon was still standing as if nothing had happened. In my mind I would think the small trees should have fell, but we think as we see, God moves by what we do not see. He knew that the dead roots in those big trees would spread decay through the earth that would ultimately cause a gradual decrease in the soundness of the earth below it. The decay would ruin crops, which produces our food. Anything planted would have contaminates in it and would cause disease to the people that would eat of it. Dead roots in the ground go through a process of decomposition, just as humans do at death. This decay is gradual in its effect and God cannot and will not allow these changes to destroy mankind. He is preserving the soundness of the Earth that he so profoundly formed out of the darkness.
After the storm many did not have electricity running into their homes. I was one and after a day of the heat, trees down all around me, the inability to raise the windows in my home, and the fact that I almost passed out from the heat, I made my way to Bethany Prayer Center for shelter. My stay there was awesome. Each day I had three hot meals, a shower, air, and a place to sleep. I found that while I was grateful to be there, that others were not. They had other reasons for being there and was very unthankful for having a place to go and had attitudes with the ones providing them care. These people made sacrifices to be there while they themselves went without their basic needs at home also. Many that came to the shelter did not need the services offered by the shelter; they only thought that FEMA or RED CROSS would be there to give them something free. Once they found out otherwise, they packed up and left angry. Experience from Katrina taught us to be cautious of these types of people. They that wait will be restored, and haste makes for waste. This made room for the people that was really in need of shelter.
Many Christians are the same way; they do not want Christ, only what they think he has to offer them. They want the blessings, but not the one that give the blessing. God said he would separate the wheat from the tare. He will separate into constituent parts or elements the real from the false. He gave signs of these times coming but people will not give themselves to the reading of his Word, which is his heart, mind, and spirit of him living in man. How can man live without that vital part operating in him? God in man is his every breath. God hates not being wanted in the lives of the life he created. Man has really stirred up the anger of God, although he will not destroy them as he promised doing the days of Noah; he will cause them to see him as he is and accept him before he ultimately destroy them individually and not as a whole of mankind.
The Wrath of God, He will punish sin. Who wants to incur the wrath of God? The end of that man is eternal damnation in Hell. You think this city was hot, donít go to Hell for an eternity of many times the heat you felt on last week. Make up your mind today to serve God in Spirit and Truth.
Thanks go out to Bethany World Prayer Center and all of the people that sacrificed their time and service to the effort of helping someone else rather than think of their own situations. Is not this God in action?
Thanks also go out to all of the National Guards that was there to protect us; the State, City, and Sheriffs division of the police force that protected our city and kept it safe and for the guidance of our City and State leaders that guided us through this time with the mind to protect and provide us with what we needed. God has put in man that innate ability to provide and protect just as he does. He put all of himself into man, and man gave only a part of himself to woman and his children. Letís get in order.
Thank God for all of you and most of all Thank God that he had mercy upon us and held back his hand of destruction to our City. We must keep our City and State clean from the ungodly things that will cause our destruction.