Ita

Well at the time of writing this, the below diagram represents what BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) thinks will happen with Cyclone Ita. And I say ‘think’ because we really don’t know for sure – just ask people who have lived in Cairns for a while and how unpredictable cyclones can be!

And in saying that, by the time you read this, God-willing we will all be in church and know what did actually happen – hopefully it doesn’t hit a populated area and brings a lot of rain rather than a lot of destruction.

It can be a bit scary, not knowing what’s going to happen. I must admit that on Wednesday 2nd February 2011, when Cyclone Yasi was upgraded to Category 5 and was heading straight for Cairns later that night, I was a bit scared as to what might happen. But then it started heading south and so Cairns just got the edge of it.

There are many things in life we can never be sure of. We can, with experience and technology, predict what might happen, but in the main we cannot guarantee it.

I’ve been following a Bible Reading Guide for 2014 to help me read the Bible in a year. And I am just finishing Joshua at the moment. I’ve also been writing down various verses that I think are important to remember. Last week one of the verses I wrote down was this one: Not one of all the LORD’S good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45)

In our lives there are so many things we are uncertain of and therefore can bring some anxiety or concern our way. But with our LORD, whatever he says, whatever he promises, has already happened or will happen – and we can be certain of that!

Today on many church calendars Palm Sunday is being celebrated, remembering how God’s people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by holding palm branches, no doubt celebrating the arrival of their King. One thing we can be certain of is that a very similar day awaits all of God’s people (it will happen!) when we together celebrate that God indeed, and the Lamb, is on the throne; He indeed is our King and also our Saviour (Revelation 7:9-10)!

Trevor Saggers

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