I love disaster movies. I remember my first was when I watched ‘Towering Inferno’ and, yes, I was afraid to go into high buildings for a while. But who didn’t love Steve McQueen AND Paul Newman? Then there are Armageddon, The Day After Tomorrow, San Andreas (been there, saw the crack), Poseidon, and of course, Sharknado. But as intense as disasters on the big screens might be, it in no way comes close to being in the path of a real disaster.
I have been in a car watching a twister jump the James River Bridge in front of me – flipping an 18 wheeler like a toy truck. I lived in Louisiana and faced the wind and storms of hurricanes. I have driven and waded in waters from flash floods. And I have driven through heavy smoke from a nearby forest fire. And Calvin has even seen a Hurricane’s game (had to throw his name in here!) I know many have faced more than me, and I am not belittling the hurt of those that lost anything because of such disasters. But I am saying I realize the intensity of all that nature can bear down on us. There is such power, awesome intensity, and overwhelming impact on everything in its path.
When I read Lynchburg, VA was being hit by strong winds and tornado conditions, I was concerned for so many, for Liberty University, and for all in the path of the storm. I was also delighted to read the FB “I am safe” posts from my friends in the area. (An excellent use of FaceBook by the way). I also started thinking of the song ‘Fierce’ by Jesus Culture. The song compares the intensity of nature’s power to the fierce love of God.
Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane
That I can’t escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
Your love is fierce
Read more: Jesus Culture – Fierce Lyrics | MetroLyrics
I do believe that His love is intense, and it does overwhelm me. When one grasps what He did for us on the cross, what He suffered and the price He paid – wow, just wow. It’s an amazing love. But, yes but, I do not always remember or live according to that love. I often blow it and live in the moment and seek my ways over His. I take His love for granted.
I get it – it’s like being rescued from a disaster and forgetting the hero that rescued you. Ephesus had this problem too – they forgot their first love. Fortunately, God doesn’t give up on us. His love continues to pour out for me and for you.
I challenge you with this – don’t fight His love, don’t forget His love, and don’t ever think you will ever fathom His love. It is greater than any thing we can imagine and can overcome even our own stupidity.
I close with thoughts I picked up from Max Lucado’s book 3:16. There is nothing you could ever do to make God love you any less – and there is nothing you could ever do to make God love you any more. That is a powerful love!
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