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In the Blink of an Eye

Last Thursday, the Houston metro area was violently reminded of nature’s power, as two tornadoes tore through the region, each lasting merely a minute. Despite their brief duration, these storms boasted peak winds of 100 to 110 mph, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. This event starkly illustrates how quickly the constructs of human hands, and the certainties of our lives can be upended.

From a Christian perspective, these moments of sudden devastation not only highlight the transient nature of earthly life but also the rapidity with which God can work in our lives. The Bible is replete with instances where God’s interventions transformed situations in moments—Jonah was swallowed by a whale in an instant, providing him time for reflection and repentance; Saul was converted on the road to Damascus in a sudden flash of light, changing from a persecutor of Christians to Paul, a foundational apostle of the Church.

These scriptural moments emphasize that what is built or destroyed physically can also be restored or transformed spiritually in just an instant. The book of Matthew reminds us, “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Here, the durability of our spiritual foundation is emphasized over the temporal stability of our physical world.

The reality that structures and lives we spend years building can be damaged or destroyed in just a moment is a humbling thought. It drives home the need for a deeper, enduring foundation—one not made of bricks and mortar, but of faith, hope, and love. These recent tornadoes serve not only as a call to rebuild what has been lost but also as an invitation to reevaluate where we place our trust.

In times of disaster, the community of faith is called to come together not just in prayer, but in action. The early Christian communities modeled this beautifully, sharing what they had and supporting each other wholeheartedly. Today, this means providing for the physical needs of those affected and offering emotional and spiritual support to help them rebuild their lives. It means being the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that is often broken and hurting.

Moreover, such events stir us to reflect on our own lives. Are we investing more in the material than the eternal? Are we nurturing relationships and cultivating virtues that withstand life's sudden storms? This is a time for introspection and renewal, a time to strengthen our spiritual foundations, and a time to appreciate the fleeting beauty of life and the eternal promise of our faith.

In conclusion, as we consider the devastation left by the tornadoes, let us also consider our response. Let this be an opportunity to embody the compassion and resilience taught by Christ. Let us support those affected not only through our resources but also by being present and steadfast in our commitment to live out our faith authentically and courageously.

Through the rubble and recovery, may we find strength in our faith and community, and may we rebuild on a foundation that no storm can shake, fortified by the knowledge that God can change everything in the blink of an eye.


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