I’ve been surprised many times by the relevancy of scripture to whatever is happening in my life.

For example, in the mail one day I received a copy of the book of Psalm in the Message version(or is it translation–I don’t know the difference). I took it to work with me the next day which happened to be my birthday. I read it while my computer booted up. I got to chapter 2. This is what it said:

7-9 Let me tell you what God said next.
He said, “You’re my son,
And today is your birthday.
What do you want? Name it:
Nations as a present? continents as a prize?
You can command them all to dance for you,
Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.”

I thought, Wow, God sent me a birthday card. How amazing.

Today, I’m watching the weather reports because there is a hurricane heading my way. In fact, there may be two hurricanes heading my way.

I remember Hurricane Fran which caused quite a bit of damage in my area in 1996. My power was off for 3 days. Others weren’t so lucky. They were without power for more than a week.

This is what I read today as I waited for my computer to boot up:

Psalm 46 (The Message)

A Song of the Sons of Korah

1-3 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.    Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

Thank you, my Lord, my God, my Savior, Jesus, for your protection.

This is the satellite image of Fran from Sept. 5, 1996. It is hard to believe it was 12 years ago. Hanna, which is a tropical storm at this writing doesn’t appear to be as menacing.  I would have slept through Fran had a tree not fallen on the house. I heard the thump, woke up and thought my son who was 2 at the time must have fallen out of bed.