Because of the recent ice storm that hit Kentucky this past week, 93 of its 120 counties and 71 cities have been declared states of emergencies. Many are still without power. And while the first few days may seem fun for the kids, a week or longer is costly and terribly challenging for everyone. Yet in all this God is teaching us. He's teaching us that we need each other. David Whitlock, pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church, writes:
Isn't it strange that we long for what we seem to dread: time alone with ourselves, our families and friends?
It may take hours for enough ice to accumulate on power lines before they are paralyzed. One may not notice the weight of ice on trees before they suddenly snap, and, as if in unison, ricochet like thunder rolling through the forest.
And so it is with one another. Over time we inadvertently create devices that distance ourselves from those we love the most. We don't realize what is happening. At some point, we feel as disconnected. The power lines uniting us with others have been broken.
The power doesn't have to go out for us to return to these things that make life with others meaningful and purposeful. We only have to take the time for the little things that bring us together and better ourselves. Corralling a family and friends from the tyranny of modern technology may not be easy, but it is possible. It can be done with forethought and deliberation. It might take planning and agreement with one another, but time together is possible.
One member of our church came up to me on Sunday and told me how the message I preached last week on doing life together could not have come at a better time. Although her family was without power, she had witnessed the love of her church family in the way they opened up their homes and provided meals.
None of us would ever ask for an ice storm, but in his wisdom God gave us one. So let us remember one another and remember these words from God's Word:
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction or for his land or for his love, he causes it to happen. Hear this O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. ~ Job 37:10-14
- Read David Whitlock's entire article: Lessons from the Ice Storm