Random Ramblings: September 2, 2017

This has been some week!

There have been so many incredible images from the hurricane down in Texas, and so much discussion about the conditions there, the unusual weather pattern, the records that were set, and the response to it all. You know the commentators who discuss whether or not the government was swift enough or effective enough and by most accounts, we can be pleased by the response of Federal, State and Local governments.

Naturally, many of the comments had a political flavor to them like “This is Trump’s first big test” and so on.

Even so, it sure looked as though everyone pulled together for the good of the people who were affected by the storm, a storm that just didn’t want to go away. One comment that I heard from a news person has stuck with me: It was something like this… “Even though government agencies of all levels have rescued an incredible number of people, private citizens have rescued even more.”

Regular folks who have boats went off to rescue their neighbors, even strangers, with no care for whatever differences they might have in culture, ethnicity or worldview, and they risked their own safety in the process… A small armada of pleasure craft saving the lives of anyone they came upon… in this day and age… Wow!

Texas: We are in awe of your spirit and dedication to one another: God bless Texas!

Yet it wasn’t just Texans, for people came from all over America to help out, united in a spirit of community and national pride to save our fellows in a time of crisis: God bless America!

To my strange way of looking at things this whole thing puts the lie to what the pollsters have been telling us about ourselves. Aren’t we supposed to be hopelessly divided, fighting among ourselves just as the politicians always are…? Is it possible that Americans have had a “Come to Jesus” moment?

It’s something to hope and pray for, don’t you think?

The story of Harvey and the aftermath is far from over as we all know; there will be more news that comes out of today’s events. As we have come to expect, our news broadcasts will bring us the latest and the most important news of the day, so I hope we can all take the time to tune in and find out what is truly important today… which of course will be what kind of shoes Mrs. Trump is wearing.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to Random Ramblings: September 2, 2017

  1. It goes to show AND prove that God Almighty will use ANYBODY He chooses to use to help. Just another proof of what He has inspired in His Word over countless ages! To quote an apropos Scripture, Matthew 3:9 “and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

    God is able to raise up an army if necessary to care (demonstrate His LOVE) from whomever He chooses, Christian OR otherwise!!

  2. thewayonline says:

    I watched a video this morning of several pastors laying hands on President Trump in the Oval Office praying for the hurricane Harvey victims, and the healing of divides in our country. I then sat almost in tears as the Pastor leading the prayer gave the message of the Gospel…that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised on the third day…FROM THE OVAL OFFICE…that is to the glory of God! President Trump has asked for a national day of prayer this weekend – FINALLY we are going to start going to God when we are in need as a nation and that is AWESOME!

  3. Bette Cox says:

    Good thoughts, Don. Today I heard a reporter say “Trump is going back to Texas because his first visit didn’t “play” very well…” How blind can they be? I seldom watch mainline media reports any more, because of statements like that.

    • Don Merritt says:

      I’m with you Bette. I don’t know about anyone else, but I think he played just fine on the first trip even though I heard over and over that he mised his chance to be “emotional”. I’d rather have the president being the CEO in charge, kicking butts and taking names to get it right than kissing babies in the middle of a crisis… but that’s just me I guess.

  4. I work with a local S&R group, and have seen my share of emergencies. Ask anyone in S&R and they will tell you that during the rescue phase they would rather not have presidents and governors taking away valuable resources to shuttle them around. Hold off until rescue is done, and the time to help the survivors is under way. Only the press wants to see them being shown around.

  5. It has been heart-warming to see strangers helping strangers in such a time.
    Recently we had a fire in South Africa. Like the fires in California and Portugal. The flames ripped through thousands of hectares of forest and farmland along the coast in the Cape. Seven people died, some of whom were volunteer firefighters; people were evacuated; others fought for hours to save their homes; hundreds of homes were lost; pets and cattle were burnt.
    It didn’t hit the international news feeds.
    It was a disaster unlike any we have experienced for a long time. And the countryside is still ash grey with skeletons of trees and ruined homes. Will it ever recover? What is it like to live surrounded by greyness?
    But, just as they have in the US, the people of South Africa rallied. Truck loads of food, baby supplies, clothes, and water were sent to the area from all around the country, having been collected at various central points. People flew or drove in to help. Strangers gave beds to strangers. Veterinary supplies and animal food were donated.
    And I saw, in every person in this country, the shared pain of others who have lost everything, and the desire to help.
    Yes, there are problems here, as there are in any other country in the world. And some of us may not understand or even know it, but we are made in the image of God, and when the rubber hits the road, there is good in all of us.
    May God bless those who have lost homes, and family or friends, whether through fire or flood and give them His peace.

    • Don Merritt says:

      I’m glad you shared this: Thank you so much! It is amazing how we can see snapshots of what the Kingdom of God is in times of disaster, in times where we may lose so much in material terms, and find God’s love within our hearts and share it with those around us. May His peace be with all of us.

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