Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Preparation For Isaac

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Still Tropical Storm (at this posting, but soon expected to become Hurricane) Isaac continues on its course towards the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Many here in Northwest Florida feel we have "dodged a bullet", but I am not gloating: There are many others who will face the destruction of this storm.

Much preparation for the storm went on here (as it appeared on earlier models that we would receive a direct hit). Windows are boarded up, boats are anchored in the middle of waterways away from docks, schools are closed. My wife and I brought in our kayaks, patio furniture, and plants. Preparation for Isaac.

News reports from  Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama indicate that preparation for Isaac is top priority. Levees are inspected, pumps are checked, evacuation orders have been given. Preparation for Isaac.

When I consider the preparation for Isaac, my mind and creativity focuses on another famous Isaac who is mentioned in the Bible:

Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. (Genesis 17:19)

Rather than fearing him, the Biblical Isaac was anticipated. Rather than distruction, he brought life. Rather than ending a legacy, he continued one. Rather than boarding up houses in peparation, his parents opened their home to him. Rather than avoiding him, he was celebrated.

Please don't get me wrong: I am not implying that we anticipate and celebrate this approaching storm. I am mearly asking us to associate the name Isaac with one who fulfilled God's covenant, rather than one who destroyed God's creation.

And that covenant is still going on today, for it was an everlasting covenant between God and His people.

Question: How will you reember the name Isaac after this week? Share your thoughts below in comments.

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