"Don't dial 911. No one's going to answer. Know that it's just you and God"

 The quote above is Port Arthur, Texas' mayor's response to those who did not heed his warning and flee Port Arthur as hurricane Laura approached the area.


I don't know about you, but I have something of a mixed reaction from this statement. On the one hand, I really value our emergency responders, and I agree that individuals who put themselves in harm's way should not be risking the safety of our first responders when those individual decided to stay, come what may. So, this is not any indictment on our first responders, as I have nothing but respect for them.


Having said that, I am continually amazed at how often a public official will become surly when people don't heed his or her advice. As Ronald Reagan once brilliantly stated, "Some of the most terrifying words in the English language are: I am from the government, and I am here to help." It's not that I question their sincerity, (though, secretly, I sometimes do), it's just that I question their ability to accurately assess danger and make a correct response.


And whether this gentleman's warning was from the perspective of what he perceived to be a strong situation or weak when it comes to trusting to God's help, it is my personal belief that we have a much better chance of survival when it is just up to us and God, as opposed to when it's just up to us and government. And, while I am always delighted to have the help of our first responders when the need arises, I also know best for myself when I can risk failing to heed the warning of some bureaucrat, who may or may not be the sharpest tool in the shed.


One more thing. A lot of people really have been impacted in serious ways by the recent hurricane, and are in need of our prayers. They have already received a great deal of help from our courageous first responders, and for that we are grateful. But most of all, we are glad that God was there to help those who truly wanted and needed His help.


  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13, ESV