As I’m writing this, several warnings were issued already: Hurricane Ophelia is approaching Ireland. It’s supposedly one of the strongest in fifty years.
It’s on the news, we hear it on the radio and the online weather service updated the Status Yellow to a Status Orange and now to a Status Red National Warning.
The MapAlerter I subscribed to keeps sending texts to warn about strong gale to storm winds coming in and high seas. They advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to remove patio furniture and any other items that could turn into missiles. We were also asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbors.
It’s quite foggy already and a bit windy with mild temperatures out there. The sea wasn’t that rough when we walked at the beach about an hour ago.
Back home, we got ready as good as we can — following the advice of the weather website and the MapAlerter.
We always have some bottled water at home. We do not worry that much about food — a piece of bread will do, even for a couple of days. But things like these, candles and torches, come in handy in case of a power outage. In cold season it is also good to have some other kind of heating, besides the one that is run by electricity (even oil and gas heaters need power to work).
We can get prepared all we want to, yet we still do not know if, when, where and how strong the storm might hit! And that can be quite scary at times. But if we do know the Master of the storm (Matthew 8:23-27), we do not need to be afraid!
Reminds me of the beautiful song that Good Friends Fellowship Church sang this Sunday morning. Because,
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
(Still by Reuben Morgan, Hillsong)
See you again Friday, LORD willing.