Wednesday, May 25, 2011


They, the National Weather Know It Alls, (NWKIA) started predicting a huge storm for us sometime Monday evening, that was to hit around 4:30 Tuesday evening. We were to get F4 tornados and the like, worse than what hit Joplin. Really? Preacher man and I had this discussion last night as we were waiting for impending doom. 

Preacher man: Says here on Facebook that the Smiths are thinking about leaving town.
Me: Really? Where they gonna go?
Preacher man: South, Fort Smith or Texarkana.
Me: Really? Doesn't Fort Smith always get hit harder than us?
Preacher man: You know if it's time to go, it's time to go! To be with Jesus, not run from a storm. The thing about the Joplin tornado is it wasn't predicted, all the big ones aren't, they just form all of a sudden.

On that note, today's word is orienting, or orient. When I looked it up, this is what I found:
The countries of Asia
An orient pearl
To adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings,
circumstance, fact, etc.
The first two are not what I wanted, the third was however what I was looking for. Remember when you went to school for the first time, and you had to sit through student orientation? It's to get you adjusted to your new surroundings. To help you walk the halls, so you don't end up in Gym when you need to be in Chemistry. Do they have to do this for you? No, but it saves a lot of time and then everyone is on the same age. They might even give you a map, so you know the lay of the land. 
That's what church should be doing for you too, giving you an orientation to what is now expected from you, now that you belong to the community of believers. I also found out that there is a map so to speak, it's the Bible. It gives you the lay of the land and lets you know what to stay away from and what to go after. 
The people who told us that the world was going to end on May 21st are in the same category as the NWKIA. There are just somethings that you can't predict! BUT, if you have aligned yourself with your surroundings and paid attention when you were in orientation, you'll be ready for whatever comes. You won't make a wrong turn and go to Fort Smith when you should be in Chemistry. 
What are you orienting to? Countries in Asia? An orient pearl? Or the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world?

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