Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
I had the occasion to witness Hurricane Irma firsthand. There was concern from everyone in its path so the preparations began early and lasted for days and rightfully so. We had seen what a storm could do when Harvey took over Texas so there were decisions to be made. First and foremost on everyone’s mind was “shall we stay or leave”? The media kept us up on path changes and wind speeds that were advancing. When Irma reached a category 5 many fled that were able to do so. Panic and great anxiety set in. Grocery stores and lumber stores were depleted of supplies. Once Irma passed, we reflected on what lessons there were to be learned. Did we do the right thing? Should we have done more? Should we have left? We tried to be rational with more faith than fear and it was hard. We decided to stay and fared well only losing limbs and a night of sleep, praise God!!
Reacting and Overreacting. What is the difference? I believe the definition is personal and one person’s reaction is another’s overreaction. Basically I think reacting based on reliable facts and making choices for safety and well-being are good and necessary. Overreacting is based on emotion and fear. Not having all the facts yet going forward can often put us in situations that offer no benefit and create chaos in the end. Back to the storm. Hotels and gasoline were in short supply for the evacuees and this added to the frustration and fear of the folks trying to do what they thought was right. God knows our fear, our concerns, our weaknesses and the desires of our heart. Knowing this, He guides us individually through this journey called life. I have learned that things aren’t always as they appear to be. There is always more to the picture. Getting the information, the facts, basically doing due diligence for whatever the situation is, allows for a well thought decision. Like a storm, debris can be strewn far and wide with just one misplaced comment or action founded in impulse. Take the time to step back, listen more and talk less. The solution is always there. God never wants us to do anything without Him. What is right for me may not be right for you. That is why we rely on God’s Divine Guidance. He will tell us what to do if we seek His wisdom. It starts by the simple question, “God, what would you have me do”?