A Clean Sweep of the Earth

“Everything you do or think or feel has to do with God. Every person you meet has to do with God.” The Message Introduction to Zephaniah

An exhausting Sunday – playing for 2 services made me miss my nap. The chaos left from the tornadoes in Iowa weighs on me.

Zephaniah 1:2-3, ” ‘I’m going to make a clean sweep of the earth, a thorough housecleaning.’ God’s Decree. ‘Men and women and animals, including birds and fish – anything and everything that causes sin – will go, but especially people.’ ” The Message

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“What happens when everything you believe in and live by is smashed to bits by circumstances? Sometimes the reversals of what we expect from God come to us as individuals, other times as entire communities. When it happens, does catastrophe work to reform our lives to conform to who God actually is and not the way we imagined or wished Him to be? Does it lead to an abandonment of God? Or, worse, does it trigger a stubborn grasping to the old collapsed system of belief holding on for dear life to an illusion?” The Message Introduction to Jeremiah

During the storm, I started reading a new book. It was a great distraction from what was going on overhead and what it had left behind.

“Your method is correct, just make sure the basics are right at every step.” “A Refuge Assured,” Jocelyn Green

Basics. I have all the basics. I set the book aside to make dinner. Then I watched a movie. It was the second movie this month that mentioned the “Rule of 3.”

Wilderness Survival Rule of 3

“You can survive 3 minutes without air; 3 hours without shelter (unless in icy water); 3 days without water (if sheltered); 3 weeks without food (if you have water and shelter).”

God meets my needs. He protected us during the storm. He is our source.

Zephaniah 2:3, “Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God’s justice. Seek God’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life. Perhaps you’ll be hidden on the Day of God’s anger.” The Message

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