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Ultimate security

They’re still in the assessment stage in Moore, Oklahoma, after a devastating tornado ripped through yesterday.  Findings now suggest an EF-5 tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes tearing a path 20 miles long (and about 2 miles across at its peak).  Wind speed has been estimated at about 200 mph with approximately 30 square miles being destroyed.  The mayor said they would be putting up street signs to help people figure out where their homes used to be. 

I suppose we measure the physical elements first for scientific purposes but also to help us deal with the reality that the human aspects --- the devastation and loss cannot be quantified.  It’s one of the ways of keeping our sanity in our information explosion culture where we are expected to move seamlessly from a bombing in Boston, to a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, to if you’re really keeping up, an earthquake in Lushan, China, that took the lives of almost 200 hundred people.  “If it bleeds, it leads,” is the media mantra and it’s impossible both to ignore and process. 

One of things that struck me about what happened in Moore was how unavoidable it was.  They had about 30 minutes from the time the tornado warning was issued until it struck (that’s about double the average time).  U.S Representative Tom Cole (who is from Moore), underscored this by saying that the children who were killed at the Plaza Towers Elementary School were in the safest building in the area.  It was built with reinforced walls to survive severe weather --- but nothing can be built to withstand the pummeling it was subjected to yesterday.  As a safety expert said, "No disaster mitigation measure is absolute." 
No indeed.
 
One NPR report told of rescue efforts that involved moving debris from storm shelter doors that was preventing survivors from getting out.  The reporter noted that the people were trapped in the shelters that were designed to protect them. The truth is, the shelters did their jobs and the living people are proof.  The reality that is unacknowledged in all of this is that there is no such thing as ultimate physical security in this life.  Never has been, never will be.

As we as a culture move farther away from God, it seems we seek more and more security in regard to the physical.  That’s understandable I suppose, but it’s not realistic.  Life is fragile and can be lost in a heartbeat through disaster, disease, or accident. If you have nothing but physical life to hold onto, that is depressing news.  If you belong to Christ it is a reminder that ultimate security is in being in our Father’s hands and nowhere else.

Jesus said this:  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29). 

The best thing in life or death and anywhere in between is still to offer the hope and assurance that are anchored in the Lord. 
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