Thursday, April 15, 2010

Flights are being cancelled all over Europe due to the ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption. Worldwide travel will be interrupted and delayed. Heathrow in England, a major international hub, is closed, as are many others.

We, as humans, feel very advanced and safe until a "natural" catastrophe occurs. Then, all of our technology and science and ability is useless. The volcano erupted, spewed ash into the air and we only watched and wondered how much damage it would do.

It is likely no one in England got up yesterday thinking, I wonder if something will happen around the world that will affect me. Yet, it has. Back in the 1800s, an eruption in Asia prevented spring and summer from arriving in New England, the cloud of ash was so strong.

There was a huge earthquake in Haiti a while back, then a bigger one in Chile. Now there is a massive volcanic eruption. Maybe it is time to reflect on the fact that we are relatively small and there is someone bigger. Maybe that someone even wants to bring that to our attention.

And here is a thought for you. If that Someone Bigger, let's call him God for the sake of this discussion, used those catastrophe's to draw attention to himself and his power, and it caused many to repent and believe, would these catastrophes not be a work of grace?

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since wht may be know about God is plaint to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creationof the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal powr and divine nature-have been clearly see, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:21-23

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19.
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