Right now the headlines are covered with facts and images of Hurricane Matthew, and rightfully so. This is one of the worst hurricanes in this area since Hurricane Felix in 2007. Hundreds have already died in Haiti and the damage continues to rise dramatically as the storm continues. Matthew is almost 250 miles wide and is on a 2,000+ mile journey up the east coast. Winds are consistently reaching 120 mph and have reached up to 160 mph. In the face of a tragedy like this, it’s valuable to keep the right perspective. A few reminders can be helpful:
- We don’t always know why tragedy happens (Job 42:3).
- We live in a temporary world, in temporary bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).
- This world is not our eternal destination (Matthew 25:31-46).
- Sometimes tragedy happens to help us let go of this world and long for the next (Philippians 1:21-23).
- Sometimes tragedy is haphazard, a result of time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
- No matter the reason, we should never be angry with God (Job 42:1-6; Isaiah 55:8-9).
These reminders are in no way intended to lessen the seriousness of this situation. People’s lives are being changed forever. In some cases, people are even losing their lives. However, it’s important to take situations like these as a reminder of the big picture. This life is about Christ and making it to heaven.
Whether physically or spiritually, when the storms of life come, let’s make sure we have our true treasures laid up in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Let’s not cling with white knuckles to this life, because no human grasp can escape the coming end and Judgment Day (2 Corinthians 5:10). While we pray for those influenced by Hurricane Matthew and help where we can, let’s also keep our eye on the ultimate goal.