HURRICANE--In the mid 1800's, Last Island was a very luxurious and popular vacation resort. Located a few miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, it was blessed with a pearly white beach 25 miles long. In August, 1856, over 400 vacationing guests filled the hotel ballroom, dancing as the orchestra played. They were dancing on Last Island the night the hurricane came.
This storm had given plenty warning of its approach. The vacationers could have escaped it entirely, if only they had heeded 6 its advance signals. For instance, one day in. early August, those on the beach noticed an odd thing. Far out on the horizon, the sea appeared to hump itself in a bulge. The raised mound of water darkened and lengthened, then surged forward toward the beach, only to reach the shore in a wave less than 2 feet high. Another wave came, then another, and another--four altogether, then no more. Those who were made nervous by that first strange wave, now relaxed, laughing at their brief panic. But then, a few minutes later, the strange heaving waves began anew--seven this time and then again a lull. "But what can be causing it?"
Someone asked. "There's not a breath of wind." "And not a cloud in the sky," said another. "No, but there must be a big blow going on somewhere out in the Gulf," said someone else. And he was right. A tremendous hurricane, , born in the Caribbean a week earlier, had moved past Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, and had now temporarily ceased its forward progress, 400 miles south of Last Island. All night the sea grew more and more perturbed. Next morning, the waves were continuous, clouds beginning to obscure the sun. None of those islanders knew it, but the giant hurricane had begun to travel northward again, on a course that would hit the mainland at the Louisiana coast.
By August 9, the wind was a steady gale. The waves were immense. The few who lived through the hurricane remembered the eerie sunset that evening--the sky a poison green, the sun the color of blood. The wind grew weird. It ceased being a breath; it became a voice moaning across the land, uttering nightmare sounds. Howling and moaning, hooting and shrieking, the wind beat about Last Island all night. They kept dancing. They didn't notice when the water began to rise. It was too late when they heard, out of the Gulf, roaring louder than the wind itself, a noise more felt than heard. The hotel shook. The ground trembled under the impact of a moving mountain of water--the hurricane wave! Almost everything that stood, grew, or lived on Last Island was wiped out instantly. Sadly, many had ignored the warning signs and kept dancing. The Last Island hurricane in August, 1856, is a sad and tragic story. But it is a story being repeated countless times today. The Bible warns us of the coming judgment of God on sin, but many continue on as if nothing will ever change, ignoring the place of safety provided by God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible speaks of a wise man and a foolish man in Matthew 7:24-27, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth: these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the
rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. "
Don't be foolish with your life. The storm of God's wrath will surely come. Call for help and run to safety! It is only through Jesus Christ that Psalm 107:28-30 can be true. "Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. "
Jesus Christ's death on Calvary made a way for drowning sinners on their way to destruction to be delivered from the wrath to come. Trust Him to be your Savior. He can calm the troubled sea. Matthew 8:27, "...What manner of man is this, that even the, winds and the sea obey him!"
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