Now, I'm not going to get into politics--there's plenty of that on Facebook and all the various news outlets. Don't tune me out here! :)
Since that storm that first started out in the warm waters of Cuba, Haiti, and other tropical islands fired up and went north, I've been observing reactions, by both government agencies and the people in the path.
Millions of people were/are without electricity and heat, had their homes flooded out, possessions water logged, and over 100 perished. The Northeast, especially the locales of New York City and New Jersey was hard hit, there's no doubt. Then add in many feet of snow to the west of them, and now a current snow storm, you'd expect misery.
Then, throw in looters, people who choose to steal what isn't theirs, people who complain of what they lost and what others are or are not doing for them. Woe is me.
Add government involvement and/or lack of (take it however you want).
Lots of complaining, moaning, groaning, Eeyore's "woe is me" attitude.
Sure, it'd be very easy to see the happenings like that. I can't say that I'd be happy cheery all the way through myself.
On the flip side, I have insight into some family who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are rejoicing.
Yes, you read right--rejoicing.
We have family in Cuba. Hubby and his family are Cuban. Keep in mind, Cuba is still Communist, still oppressive of Christians and anyone who does not think well of Castro and the government the Castro brothers run. Freedom there is non-existent the way that we know it.
Cuba was hit by the hurricane. It was a Category 2 when it hit the island. Houses are still roofless, electricity is out, many are without food/shelter/adequate water as well. In that country, there is no rush to fix problems, nor is there real money, as there is no real economy due to lack of free enterprise. So, many houses stand roofless, possessions are ruined, waterlogged, houses are left open to regular seasonal rains and weather that comes in tropical countries.
But--we hear that our family there is rejoicing. Yes, you read right. Rejoicing. Not looting, not complaining, not acting the fool.
The family knows of Jesus, they love Him. Some are new Christians, still young in the faith. And they rejoice to be worship Him, if it be in a flooded house devoid of possessions, so be it. They aren't looting, they're not waiting for FEMA to give them money and a house like the trailers that are used here. They are rejoicing that they know Him and He is taking care of their needs!
Compare and contrast stories from the media about the Northeast, how things are being handled, and what people are doing (of course not all are being idiots and acting like a bunch of animals, but the ones that are do take over the headlines). Read as well what you can about the countries in the Carribean who were hit just as hard if not harder.
Also, remember your own freedoms. Appreciate each day when you have opportunity to pick up your Bible and read it. Think about how many you own. When is the last time you were arrested for going to church here in the US?
The family in Cuba, even my own father in law on a visit to Cuba in the 1990's, have been arrested for going to church services. Papa was a US citizen (naturalized) and held for a few hours for taking family to church to hear the Gospel. The family that are on the island face that each time they go to services. Bibles are not exactly well loved by the government as well, and each one is precious to the owner. It is treated with high regard and respect, well loved and worn from reading. Christ is not loved by the Cuban government, and His followers are not treated very nicely as well. We take this for granted.
Two different countries, two different mentalities.
Complaining in one area. Worshipping in the floods in another.
It's all in how you look at it.
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