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The Big One
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Here in Iowa, we've just about decided that clear skies are a thing of the past. After a long winter of snow and record ice damage, we experienced a spring of constant rain. Gray skies were the norm, and sunshine, I'm afraid, became a memory.

Usually, I love rain. Being from Kansas, I even enjoy a good thunderstorm now and then. But the spring showers of this year have grown into a series of destruction, with flooding, crop damage, and tornado activity that has been more devastating than any I can remember in Midwest past. Entire towns are literally being blown away. We citizens of Tornado Ally have always been aware of the possibility of being struck by a tornado. But lately, it is less a question of if and more a question of when. Even as I write this, a message is crawling across the bottom of my news screen that says my county is under yet even another severe weather warning, including tornadoes, hail, and heavy rain. Again.

Simultaneously, other parts of the world are being shaken by earthquakes and drowned by hurricanes. What's going on? What's with all this weather-related destruction? Fortunately, modern technology is such that we can have some warning. Meteorologists can pinpoint storm systems and predict accurately where they are headed and when they will hit. We then have the opportunity to seek shelter and be saved.

Brewing for Centuries

As helpful as meteorologists are in predicting weather, I notice that there is one approaching storm that they never mention. The Big One. This storm is the mother of all other storms. In fact, it is the storm that may very well be causing the ones we are experiencing now. This storm has been brewing for centuries and its intensity was predicted before meteorology was even a word. While it may indeed manifest itself in floods, earthquakes and winds, it is itself more than a physical storm. It is a spiritual storm, bringing a time of intense trial, calling for personal decision. And it can't be spotted with Super Doppler Radar.

So, how can we know how to find shelter? How can we be saved from the biggest storm to ever visit the planet? There is only one way, and that is by staying tuned in to the forecast found in God's Word, and to walk closely with Jesus every day. Jesus has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

And there's an up side to the forecast: the latter rain. As with most storms, The Big One also includes rain. But this rain is refreshing and reviving, filling those who receive it with joy and enthusiasm to move forward with confidence to shout above the thunder a cry of salvation for a drowning world.

Let's pray for God's strength as we prepare for the trials and triumphs of The Big One. Jesus says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

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