The last few weeks were tumultuous in several ways. First there was the stock market drop. Then an earthquake hit Colorado, then another one on the east coast, which was followed up by a hurricane that took out power for days for over 800,000 customers in Maryland alone.

What’s unusual is Virginia, where the earthquake occurred, hasn’t had one in over 100 years. I can’t remember a hurricane hitting Baltimore and taking out power either.

What is going on? Are these signs of the end times as described in the Bible? It is easier to separate oneself from catastrophes that occur elsewhere, but when it strikes so close to home, now that is a different story, isn’t it?

So I am pondering recent events. After the initial emotional reaction subsided, I asked what is really going on. This is what I observed. When the electricity went out, people were forced to slow down. They had nothing to do but hang out with others and socialize – no computers, no cable television, no microwave or fridge. People were forced to get out of the house. The restaurants were packed and people hung out for hours just chatting with friends, loved ones, and even struck up conversations with strangers.In times of disaster, people reach out to help one another, even strangers. When we are afraid we reach out to be with other people.

Perhaps God is trying to get our attention using more drastic measures. Maybe the message is to connect more with each other. Could it be to spend less time pursuing our own selfish desires and more time pursuing relationships with others? Could these events cause us to pick up the phone to call a loved one or neighbor we haven’t been in touch with?

Rather than be fearful and worry about the world ending, which we can’t do anything about anyway, how about if we take some time to reevaluate what is really important in this life. No one knows when Jesus will come back, so let’s be thankful and enjoy this day and each other for today is truly a gift we will never have again.

Do write and share your thoughts with me. I’d love to hear from you and that is what this blog is all about anyway: connecting, encouraging and uplifting you through the trials of life. Until next time, keep looking up!

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