by Kerry Shook

This content is part of a series.

Hurricane (2 of 5)
Series: Natural Disaster - Life Happens, Be Prepared
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Eccl. 3:1 (KJV)

Category 1: The Pace of Life
Category 2: The Passages of Life
Category 3: The Problems of Life
Category 4: The Pains of Life

• Acts 27:14,15 (NIV)


• Acts 27:20 (NIV)

Look past the pain to the positives of change


I was really concerned that my hair would get messed up with all that wind. I think I made it through okay. Most of you know that the worst natural disaster in our nation's history was a hurricane that hit Galveston on September 8, 1900. Over 6,000 people lost their lives because the island was totally unprepared for the fury of what would later be called the great storm. Today many relationships are being blown apart because they are totally unprepared for the natural storms and stresses that come into every one's life. That's why I started a new series last weekend on how to storm proof our lives and relationships. Today we are looking at the hurricane winds of change. After that great storm hit Galveston in 1900 the city made some radical changes. They built a sea wall 17 feet high and three miles long to protect it. They also raised the elevation of the entire city by several feet. So when a storm of equal strength hit the island just a few years later, there was hardly any damage because they were totally prepared. You can't prevent the hurricane winds of change from blowing into your life, your marriage, your family, and your relationships. But, you can prepare for it. That's what we're looking at today. So, take out your outlines from your program and you'll see our first verse. Eccl. 3:1. "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." He's saying that change is just a part of life. A Greek philosopher once said the only thing permanent in life is change. Now, in life the winds of change will either make you stronger or blow you apart. In marriage the winds of change will either draw you closer together or tear you apart. It all depends on how you handle it. Hurricanes are rated in categories by the speed of their winds. For a tropical storm to turn into a hurricane the winds have to be moving at 74 mph. That's called a category one storm. Then as the wind speed picks up it becomes a category two, category three and so on. But the winds of change that come into our lives are also rated.

The first storm I want to talk about, the Category One storm is just The Pace of Life. Without any changes our lives are already at the category one stress level just because of the pace of every day life. Without any other changes added on, we're already pretty stressed just because of the fast pace of life today.
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