Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas with a vengeance leaving devastation, death and destruction in its wake. Men, women and children are walking around shelters in shock as they come to grips with losing all that they owned.
I cannot imagine what the good folks in Texas are going through. I live in what is known as “Tornado Alley” and we have a lot of storms and tornados here. When we know a storm is coming in advance, while the winds are calm and there is no sign of a storm in sight, the local weather on both radio, television and social media will often begin to sound the warning and advise everyone to prepare their “safe spot.” For many Texans, the storm came with such an enormous volume of water and sudden rage, they didn’t have an opportunity to run for higher ground or find a safe spot.
Here in my area of Tornado Alley, not only does the familiar weather warning advise you to be able to run to your safe spot, there are always specific instructions as to recognize and prepare your safe spot. The safe spot explanation is simple and to the point: if you don’t have a basement, get to the first floor innermost room without windows, put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible, have blankets or pillows to protect your head and get as low as possible to the floor.
Of course, whenever our local weathermen step into their place in front of the storm tracker map, the fools show up and speak up. Scoffers are a dime a dozen.
There are always those who won’t heed the warning, simply don’t have the interest to prepare their safe spot and are not ready when the final warning sirens sound the alarm that the tornado has arrived and the funnel cloud has been sighted.
As I’ve prayed for the people of Texas and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, I’ve thought a lot about the storms of life. We all have our various storms in life when upsets, death and disappointments come our way. One of my favorite songs is “Where Could I Go But to the Lord” and I often ponder the question, “where does a person find comfort if they do not know Jesus?”
I honestly believe that we are winding down the final days of this world just as the prophets of old spoke of and that Jesus described in great specific detail. Jesus told us exactly what the signs would be of the approaching end, He told us the devastation that would come and He told us the eternal consequence of not preparing.
He also told us that we have a safe spot so that when this life is over we can go to that place that He has prepared especially for us.
I found my safe spot in life in 1980 when I turned my life over to Jesus Christ and determined all my days to follow Him. While storm clouds may swirl above me, while life may batter me from time to time, I have found my hiding place.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
When I draw my last breath on this side I will waken anew with my Lord in the safest spot imaginable just as He has promised me,
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Just as the weather professionals give a very simple, one sentence explanation of how to find and prepare a safe spot, I give you one now: Have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins and turn from them, determine the rest of your life to following Him.
Simple. One sentence that will change your life and secure your eternity in a safe spot.
But what about the scoffers and the unbelievers and those who don’t take the time or don’t have the interest? Just as those who fail to find the safe spot from the storm face destruction:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8
You can mock and scoff all you want but eternity is real, my friend, and you hold your final destination within your own hands.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I consider myself a watchman and those of you who follow this blog know that I continually sound an alarm for you to prepare your own safe spot.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6
I have sounded the trumpet, the final storm clouds are gathering and the thunder rolls. Find your safe spot. Today. You are not promised tomorrow.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
May God bless you and keep you, my friends, and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!