I live in a suburb of Memphis. Many people don’t realize that Memphis, St. Louis and other nearby cities are located in an area vulnerable to earthquakes. The New Madrid fault earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank among the largest in North American history. Of course, these areas were much less populated back then, but today earthquakes in this zone measuring 8 on the Richter scale would be catastrophic. Very few people who live in these areas have earthquake insurance. Many major corporations have either headquarters or vital operations in these areas. To say life would be disrupted would be an understatement.

An event such as this would leave millions of people homeless and destitute (look at the afteenath of the incredible hurricanes that have hit in recent years), possibly overwhelming any aid the government could give. Especially if other events were taking place simultaneously.

Every part of our country is vulnerable to some type of natural disaster…tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes etc.

We live in an increasingly unstable political climate.

Many people have been so spoiled by our abundance, prosperity, freedom and ‘security’…

Proverbs 11:28 (NKJV)

28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.

God is not impressed by the ‘strength of man’…

Psalm 147:10 (NKJV)

10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Many look down on those who are forced to quickly flee for refuge…REFUGEES.

“They should have been prepared!”

“They aren’t our problem!”

“There’s not excuse”…many people harshly judge on those who have been visited by sudden calamity.

But let me remind you…

No matter where you live. No matter how much money you have. No matter how you’ve prepared. God can use…

The right storm…

The right natural disaster…

The right military conflict…

The right shock to our economy…

To remind us that He is in control.

People put their faith in our economic system, our political system, their savings, their own wisdom…

1 Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)

17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Think about the fact that an event could happen so quickly and catastrophically, it can destroy everything that any ‘doomsday prepper’ has ‘prepared’ for instantly!

No matter how much power you have…

No matter who you may know…

No matter how detailed your plan may be…

No matter how wise you think you are…

No matter what resources may be available to you NOW…

One day you could be a refugee!

Be thankful. Be compassionate. Pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down. Be prepared as much as you can, but most of all…

Yes borders need to be secured, but watch your attitude and BE HUMBLE!

One day it could be you.




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  1. The sight of all those people walking, for so many endless miles, many of them with small children… it breaks my heart. How are they eating? How are they getting enough water to drink along the way? How are they sleeping? How do they tend to their physical needs? How are they caring for the sick and injured among them?

    It looks like something far worse than a nightmare. No way are they doing this on a whim, or to make a stupid political statement. No way would anyone in their right mind choose to make this journey, and continue on the journey so far, if there were an easier way, and if this wasn’t a matter of life and death.

    It breaks my heart. I know this must break the heart of God, too. What are we, as His people, to do?

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      1. Yes God can, indeed, humble us at any time He chooses. It can happen in the blink of an eye.

        My very first memory in life is of waking up in my little bed in the middle of an earthquake. Everything was rattling, banging, falling, and crashing all around me. Pictures slid off the walls, lamps and knick knacks toppled off the tables, canned goods, dishes, and pots and pans came crashing down off the shelves in the kitchen alcove a few feet away from my bed. It was a 6.7 tremor on the richter scale, I believe. Ultimately, it did not do a lot of damage to the infrastructure. But, if it had been a little stronger, I doubt that I would be here today to tell you about it.

        My daughter and I were in Beverly Hills in 2014, visiting a friend of hers. As we walked along the sidewalk one evening, getting some exercise and sightseeing, a tiny, 4 point something tremor hit. I “almost” twisted my ankle, lol. There was no real damage that I am aware of, and it was over very fast. But the suddenness of the shaking — it happened without warning, in the blink of an eye.

        I have experienced three other minor earthquakes in my life. One on the coast of Maine in the early 1990s, that one knocked the house I was in partway off the sill. One was in Pennsylvania, it put a large crack in the concrete wall of the garage. And one happened in Chicago, Illinois of all places, a 5.7, I believe. That one struck sometime in the late 1980s. I was staying at the Moody Bible Institute that week for a writers conference. There wasn’t much damage from the earthquake, which was centered away from the city. But it did almost swamp the sightseeing tour boat that I was on at the time, off the beautiful shoreline of the city, on Lake Superior!

        And it happened in the blink of an eye…

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  2. I see your point, and have compassion for those truly fleeing horrible conditions. But these people are not migrants. They’re being paid, and have trucks and busses taking them on parts of the journey. They are well fed, obviously, and are leaving things strewn
    along their path that refugees would not. The last such caravan was just before the general election. They are designed to make Republicans seem heartless when the paid marchers, whom the media portrays as refugees, are turned away at the border.


      1. Sadly, that is true. I love Joshua 5:13-14 to highlight God’s perspective on humanity:

        “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”

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