Sunday evening the volcano erupted for what I believe is the thirtieth time since the eruptions began. It’s kind of hard to tell since they are smaller now, and often come in the early morning.
By the looks of it, I could tell that this eruption was a big one. Possibly one of the biggest yet. It was a bit discouraging since things were beginning to get back to normal.
About fifteen minutes after the eruption a huge cloud of ashes began descending on the community. It made for a very strange and eerie sight.
About a half-hour later it was very dark, which is usual here for 6:30. Part of me worried that there would be a lot of cleanup to accomplish the next morning.
Instead this is what I found
To be fair, this picture was taken at 11:30 yesterday morning after a work crew had come by to scrape the road clean.
Thankfully the wind was strong Sunday, and the huge cloud of ashes instead of falling on us was carried out to sea. Its my understanding that a lot of it fell on Barbados.
Though there is still a long road of recovery ahead of us at SVG, Sunday was an important reminder that things could be worse.
When we think about the protection of God, many of us think about the Lord protecting us from the tough experiences of life. This is definitely a way that He protects us, but not the only way.
One of the most common ways God protects us in a trial is not by removing the trial itself, but giving us grace within that trial.
This protection is harder to see because Satan wants us to focus on the pain or hardship instead of God goodness. However, Scripture is clear that Gods with us in the storm. We just have to look harder than usual sometimes.
I honestly wish the protection of God would always be clear as the wind blowing a cloud of ashes out to sea.
But the daily protection of God usually comes in more subtle ways……..
So we have to look closer, and trust His goodness even when the cannot see His presence.
And if we look hard enough….we will see the Lord blowing the ashes away.