Mass flooding in Texas and a category 5 Hurricane and an 8.0 Mexican earthquake, within weeks of each other makes it seem like natural disasters are becoming more common. And they are!

But don’t take my word for it. I’m Mormon (and that means I’m obviously trying to push my “End of the world” agenda). 😂😂😂

I promise, I don’t have 5 years supply of food in the basement and I’m not building a bunker. However, is it a fact that UN chief, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recently said that “natural disasters have quadrupled since 1970”.

“In the last two months, more than 1,000 people have been killed in flooding events across India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh and some 40 million have seen their homes, businesses or crops destroyed. Last month, more than 1,000 people died from a mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. And last week, Hurricane Harvey dumped almost a year’s worth of rainfall on Houston, America’s fourth-largest city. It destroyed some 7,000 homes and damaged more than 37,000 others in Texas and is blamed for at least 60 deaths.” (this was said before Hurricane Irma hit the atlantic and the Mexican Earthquake.)

Robert Glasser, the special representative of the US secretary general said “We’re seeing an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters, and the knock-on effects.”

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters said that “The number of flood and storm disasters has gone up 7.4% every year in recent decades.”

So we’re surely all agreed that natural disasters have increased. But why is it so wildly unpopular that these events could be biblical ‘signs of the times’?

The bible tells us that,  “…there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” Mat 24:7. “One pestilence will desolate after another” Rev 6:15 and “the seas heaving beyond their bounds” Mat 1:26.

When I was a child I hoped the end of the world would be conveniently around the time I’d have to leave home and pay my own bills. As I grew older, I decided that if this event ever did take place, then it’d be well into the future and well after I was dead. However, with this hard evidence of increased natural disasters happening right in front of us. Surely even I can’t just sit back and ignore the signs. Can I?

I can understand why no one wants the world to end. What a bleak and grim prospect. However, maybe’s there’s a bright side to all of this. Maybe the signs aren’t so much a poster for doom and gloom, or a sharp motivator to repent. But maybe they’re a reminder to be ready for something better to come. An opportunity for us to band together, serve one another and share what we have.

Maybe the end of the world, isn’t as scary as it seems, could it just be an end to ‘Worldly things’? Maybe the just, righteous and faithful will not be as terrified as we might think.

If Jesus is coming back, I’d like to think I’ll be wearing a yellow ‘helping hands’ vest and be serving plates of food. I think living through these natural disasters might be the only way I’ll be ready and humble enough to meet Him.

 

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