For months I have been booked on a flight from Albuquerque to Raleigh to meet the Prime Minister of Kenya, His Excellency Raila Odinga and Honorable Jared Okello at Duke University for lectures, and then fly to New York for The Global Summit at the United Nations.
Hurricane Florence changed those plans.
Storms are like that. Most of the time they come up unexpectedly and catch us completely off guard. We find out we have cancer, get laid off from work, lose a spouse, get in a car accident.
In The Gospels after Jesus performs the miracle of feeding five thousand people from a little boys lunch, we read that He gets in a boat on the Sea of Galilee with His disciples. All of a sudden a storm comes up out of nowhere and his disciples freak out.
Jesus then performs two more miracles by calming the winds and the sea, and teaches all of us some invaluable lessons.
Storms do not catch God by surprise. He gives us peace during the storm. He gives us grace to ride out the storm. Storms grow our faith.
Storms don't last forever.
Storms in life are inevitable and there is no way around them. We are imperfect and we live in an imperfect world where crises are going to come our way. The good news is that God will never leave us nor forsake us, and He uses challenges and rocky circumstances for our ultimate good.
In the days and weeks to come the water in the Carolina's will recede, Hurricane Florence will be a thing of the past, and people will be able to go back home.
Yes there will be clean up to do and for some life will never be the same. But God's steadfast love and grace will never change, and it is always more than sufficient.
My favorite part...the sun will come out, birds will sing, children will play again, and hope will be brighter than ever before.