Today we are in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. ABC news interviewed Former sailor Ray Leonard, 85, who rode out 1991’s infamous “perfect storm.” He survived by being plucked from the Atlantic off Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., by a Coast Guard helicopter. In regards to storm preparation, Leonard said,“Don’t be rash. Because if this does hit, you’re going to lose all those little things you’ve spent the last 20 years feeling good about.”
I looked up the word “rash” to be sure I had a full understanding of what he was warning. Here is its definition:
Rash: “acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous.” Synonyms include: reckless, hasty, impulsive, imprudent, premature, adventurous, careless, precipitate, brash, audacious, headlong, madcap, ill-advised, foolhardy, unwary, thoughtless, unguarded, headstrong, impetuous, indiscreet, unthinking, helter-skelter, ill-considered, hot-headed, heedless, injudicious, incautious, venturesome, harebrained.”
Today I am considering Mr. Leonard’s warning in the light of other possible storms in my life, specifically storms in my relationships. Many times I hear of storms that other individuals and families are facing and think, “This storm could never hit me.” That very thought is rash. Today, before I reach that “20 years” point, I am reconsidering Mr. Leonard’s warning.
“Don’t be rash. Because if this does hit, you’re going to lose all those little things you’ve spent the last 20 years feeling good about.”
And should it be that right now you are out at sea in the middle of the storm, don’t lose hope. There is one who can rescue you yet.
“In your distress you called and I rescued you,
I answered you out of a thundercloud” – Psalm 81:7