I’ve been watching the news reports on Katrina, and here are some random thoughts:
1) I hope everyone who can get out gets out.
2) I hope everyone who’s stuck in New Orleans can find shelter before its too late, and I hope the people staying in the Super Dome don’t suffer. Officials are predicting that conditions in the Dome could become miserable once the lights and AC go out. Of course, conditions in the Dome are pretty miserable when the Saints play, but that’s another story, entirely.
3) I hope that the shutdown of refineries in the area finally gives Congress incentive to lift the over excessive regulations that tie the hands of the oil industry. The rules forced on us by environmentalists (like no drilling in the Pacific or Alaska, and the multiple formulations of fuels) are part of the reason gas prices are skyrocketing. But I’ll get on my soapbox about that later. Maybe.
4) Not everyone is being sensible about this storm. NBC news ran a story about a bunch of people in the coastal town of Houma, LA who are not leaving, even though they’re in the path of a direct hit. One woman is going to ride out the storm on a SHRIMP BOAT with her boyfriend and her THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I hope that, once the hurricane is over, if she survives, she’s arrested for child endangerment. Unless, of course, she comes to her senses in time and gets the heck out of there.
5) These people are desperately in need of prayer. God created the hurricane as a way to release the energy that the Sun generates on the Earth, and this hurricane is, in a way, a beautiful display of God’s power. However, it’s very, very sad that people are in this storm’s path, so we need to pray that God will have mercy and protect the people He created from the hurricane He created. There’s no conflict, paradox or oxymoron here. This is just the way of God’s nature, and its up to us to pray for those in the hurricane’s path.
That is all.