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Seeing the Other Side of a Hurricane

Seeing the Other Side of a Hurricane


I have yet to meet anyone who loves storms or hurricanes. Persons who appear to have a liking for either seem to like the time off associated with them or the change of things. But as for any disaster, there is simply no fun. With winds packing in at 120 to 140 mph, that is enough to test the bravest and most courageous of humanity. And if that is not enough, it is definitely no fun to have tidal surges reaching up to fifteen feet resulting in flooded homes and having to discard furniture and repair homes. Sometimes houses are flattened or roofs destroyed ruining one’s life investments, and that too is no fun! So what can the other side of a storm be? Can there be anything positive?


Looking at the Bad and Good Before and During the Storm
            It would seem that the bad and good manifest themselves during disasters. Bad, in that some shop operators take advantage of the situation and price gouge. This is ungodly and unfair. It is hard to imagine how one can do that to a fellow being. And to add insult, one shows up at the door of the distressed pretending to help but only to rob the occupants. That, no doubt, stirs up our righteous indignation, and want to make an example of such a person on the nightly news, face book and every social avenue.
            However, the good news comes out in many ways. During the preparation for a storm, many a builder and carpenter volunteer to assist the elderly and fatherless secure their homes with their skills, material and time at no or little expense. I have heard, read and viewed some of these locally. I am certain that there are many similar stories not coming to the wider public, and neither do many of them care to make the spotlight as they rendered their assistance disinterestedly.
            Additionally, there are many service personnel who vacate the comfort of their homes and families, and camp out at great danger whether at radio stations, NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) headquarters, Police Stations and Hospitals just to be in a position to respond and assist. This, to me, is a remarkable community spirit or what some Christians refer to as brotherly love.


Looking at the Good Following the Storm
            Radio and television personnel resort to a community help mode by opening up the air wave to encourage a positive attitude; aid callers to locate loved ones and friends as well as confirm their whereabouts, etc. Some residents with high vehicles make them available for use to rescue individuals and clear roads of debris, enabling power, telephone and cable personnel workers to restore necessary services.
            Also, whereas it may be challenging to get all major religious leaders together, except for a special anniversary of the nation’s independence, come together albeit to the request of successive prime ministers to counsel, assess, pray and respond tangibly. Political leaders take on a similar disposition putting aside partisan politics for the good of country. Some businesses donate handsomely as well as churches and citizens.  I never cease to be moved by the pouring out of love and support following a disaster. Well-wishers, friends and concerned ones telephone, text and convey timely words of encouragement backed up by tangible acts. Of course, there is more but time and space would not allow.
            So given the aforementioned, storms are not all that bad, for as already noted the best emerges from people. Some individuals get the necessary repairs to their home, while other receive new homes, new furniture, new friends and a new appreciation for others who truly care. It would even seem that the atmosphere is cleansed. Above all I hope that many will get to see that God truly cares as opposed to blaming Him for the recent act of disaster. Consider that not one casualty was reported. This is noteworthy considering what Hurricane Matthew did to Lowe Sound, Andros and parts of Grand Bahama. To God be glory!