The statistics are staggering. Super storm Sandy has laid bare New Jersey, flooded New York City and buried West Virginia in feet of snow.
- Andrews Air Force Base received 15.3 inches of rain. Eatons, New York had a wind gust of 94mph. Redhouse, Maryland was dumped on with 26 inches of snow. Kings Point, New York had a storm surge of 12.5 feet and the highest wave was 40 feet.
- Seven and a half million people are without power.
- Fifty to sixty million people in 9 states have been affected by Sandy. Currently there are 65 deaths. The tropical force winds of Sandy reached over 485 miles from its center, and it has covered 1.8 million square miles from the mid Atlantic to the Ohio Valley.
- Ten thousand flights were canceled.
People are bearing the weight of incredible loss amidst this crushing natural disaster. What is our hope as we see great cities crumple underneath the winds of something so powerful? It is Hebrews 13:14 which says, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
For the Christian, there is a city coming which will never be crushed by hurricanes, or shook by earthquakes or ripped apart by tornadoes. Its light will the glory of God and faith will be sight. That is our hope as we see the earth groaning in the pains of childbirth. Right now we live under the curse of sin but there is a lasting city coming more real than the ones we live in now.