A Category 5 Hurricane and Psalm 23

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  1. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    I'm 70 years old, and have lived the majority of those years in South Florida. I've sat through more hurricanes than I can count. When I was younger I probably didn't have the sense to fear them, but after Wilma in '05 I have a definite respect for the destruction they can leave in their wake.

    So the 'disturbance' Dorian formed in the Atlantic basin and I was keeping an eye on the updates. Last year we had a near miss with a category 4 storm, a potential direct hit to Palm Beach County, and literally at the last hour it turned and went north and up the coast.

    Dorian had grown to a category 4 storm, soon to be a 5, and we were in the 'cone of uncertainty.' Is it needless to say that I began to fear the worst ? A sense of dread at the potential result if it was a direct, or even a close land fall.

    If you've never sat in the dark in a structure with the roar of a hurricane, the noise as the building itself strains to hold together against the buffeting winds, it is hard to imagine. This can last for hours, and is a trying experience.

    Than there is the aftermath. The last two bad hits I had here, '04 & '05, I was without electricity for 10 days and 11 days. Those storms hit in October/November, so the ambient temperatures were bearable. Now we are routinely having 90-95 degree days.

    So I was filled with fear and dread. I awoke mid week, the storm had not yet hit the Bahamas, and my thoughts went to my childhood when we would say Psalm 23 in elementary school following the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

    I began to recite Psalm 23 as I had all those years ago and thought about what the clauses meant. I got my Bible and re-read it to see if I had the words right. I did. I didn't make a conscious decision to repeat the Psalm over and over throughout the day, but I found myself doing so. Not in vain repetition as the heathen do, but probably once or twice per hour. I found it truly comforting.

    Within a few hours I had a feeling of peace within, and I knew, that whatever the Lord's will for me was, it was going to be alright. The storm came on and devastated the Bahamas and the surrounding islands. It was very like last year, in that it turned and went north, this time 100 miles east of us.

    I said a lot of prayers in those days as the storm approached, but it was Psalm 23 that somehow really brought me to a peace that passes all understanding. All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  2. Timmay

    Timmay Puritan Board Freshman

    I was in Ft Lauderdale for Wilma. I too lost power for days, had to cook all my food off a stop sign.

    I saw a guy during the storm venture out and move his car. Immediately after he did so a tree fell over where his car was parked.

    There was a lot of damage afterward and I learned then that FEMA and governments can’t really help you after those kind of storms. I waited in line for hours to get ice and gave up.

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  3. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    This is a very encouraging post, brother. I too was in the line of fire and am constantly so overwhelmed with thankfulness. God's mercy is so undeserved but He bestows it. I have a sickness right now, but have blankets, soup, water, hot showers, a comfortable home environment, and the list goes on of things that are mercies from God's good hand. Just 60 miles away from me though, are 70,000 homeless people living in utter destruction without such comforts. Why we were spared I am not sure, but I am forever grateful.

    What part of south florida are you in by the way? It would be nice to meet sometime. Every so often our church families get together for a beer and theology night. Maybe you can join us?
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  4. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    Sorry to hear you are ill Brother Ryan. I hope for a speedy recovery. I am in the Lake Worth area, a little town called Greenacres. I love beer, but I put the plug in the jug in 2009 and haven't touched alcohol since. The theology sounds inviting though, and the fellowship. Perhaps I'll take you up on that in the future.

    I am heartsick for those people in the Bahamas. Especially knowing that with the extent of the destruction rebuilding and recovery will take years. The loss of life also must be staggering. Many on the Abaco Islands probably washed out to sea and never to be recovered.
  5. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    I am trying to visualize this -- I don't know how to cook food on a stop sign.
  6. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    I was thinking exactly the same :)
  7. Timmay

    Timmay Puritan Board Freshman

    You just kind of figure it out like I did.

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  8. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    I'm just speculating, but in my experience there will be stop signs ripped out of the ground in severe hurricanes. So it could be used over a fire as a makeshift burner for a pot or a kettle. Timmay said 'just kind of figure it out' , that's the best I can come up with. :detective:
  9. Timmay

    Timmay Puritan Board Freshman


    Yes I used it as a makeshift burner. I was in college in a condo complex. I did not have a grill but I had a ton of meat when I lost power and there was no way I would let it go to waste. So I took my meat and pans outside planning to make a campfire and saw a stop sign right outside my door. I thought, this will be perfect to cook all this meat!
    They had a rule about no open fires after the hurricane but I had to eat something. A cop came around, saw me, got out of his car. I thought he was going to bust me. He just looked at what I was doing, laughed and went on his way.

    A few minutes later I had burgers.

    When I was done someone came up and asked to use it. I’m guessing it got passed around the neighborhood.

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