I hadn't heard a thing about this hurricane until this morning. Needless to say, it was a bit of a shock to hear that a serious hurricane was headed our way. In my lifetime, we've never had a major hurricane make landfall here. I've seen the pictures of devastation as hurricanes have hit Mississippi and Florida and they are frightening, but I've never lived through anything like that. Time after time, I've seen the hand of the Lord shift the storm elsewhere.
He has truly been very merciful to us in New Orleans.
Though it is devastating for a hurricane to hit anywhere, here in New Orleans, we are at more of a disadvantage as we are below sea-level. Our city is bowl shaped and if we are hit, we will be underwater - almost completely - for some time. As the hours wear on here, it is looking worse for us. My family is preparing to leave...though we don't know where to go.
What I do know is God is sovereign and He knows what is going to happen...and like Job I can say "Though he slay me, I will hope in him (Job 13:15)." Or, in this case...though he cover our city in flood waters...i will hope in him. So, in the meantime, as I wait to see the work of His hand, I will pray and ask you to join me...pray that His will would be done and if it is His will, that He would be merciful to us, yet again. It's not a matter of deserving it - for we don't - it's a matter of displaying His kindness and confounding the wise.
Lord, show the people watching the weather and those forcasting it that you alone are God. You make the winds to blow and the rains to fall, you rule Leviathan and can say "peace be still" to this storm. Your will be done, Lord. For your glory and your name sake!