Mandatory Evacuation

>> Thursday, September 8, 2011

The waters are rising … the rain is relentless … and the orders are given … mandatory evacuation. Or the wildfires are burning out of control … the air is filled with smoke and ash … and soon it will be your house that is burning. Lately it’s been hurricanes named Irene and Lee that have caused much devastation.

Do you flee?

We’ve seen pictures in the newspapers and on television … of women and children being helped into boats … escaping with just the clothes on their backs and possibly a few keepsakes. We’ve watched as men weep … the fires destroying years of memories and treasures.

Do you stay?

A mandatory evacuation is just that. Supposedly you have no choice. But we watched on television as men and women alike announced they would not flee the hurricane. “We’ve lived through all the others and we’re not leaving now.” When people refuse to leave, they are told, “You will be on your own. We cannot help you.”

There is one mandatory evacuation we all face. Sometimes we have warning that it’s coming … other times it is sudden. No matter how much others may want to help us, this is one evacuation we must do on our own. And we won’t be taking any keepsakes. Everything will be left behind.

When God says, “It’s time” we won’t have a choice.

All over our country, people are dealing with power outages, no water to drink, and empty grocery shelves. But we’ve been warned to always have an emergency supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, canned food (and a can opener) and whatever we may need to get through a time of being cut off from supplies.

Just as we can physically prepare for emergencies, we have a way to get ready for that final mandatory evacuation. Christ-followers will be glad to assist you, reading your Bible will give you insight and guidance, a minister is willing and able to counsel you … but Jesus is always right there.

If you ask for help, He will gladly give it.

"It's urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.” John 5:24 (MSG)


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