The Cajun Navy

The Cajun Navy

Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help. – Proverbs 3:27

Galatians 6:9-10

 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone– especially to those in the family of faith.

On August 29, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall on the Texas coast near Corpus Christi. Hurricane Harvey became catastrophic when it lingered in the vicinity of Houston for three days. A total of 60.5 inches of rain fell on Nederland, Texas, a record for a single storm. It dropped 50 inches of rain and flooded 28,000 square miles around Houston. Thousands of people were stranded in their homes, unable to escape the floodwaters.

The good-hearted people of Louisiana raised an armada to come to the aid of their neighbors in Texas. They were dubbed the Cajun Navy. This ad hoc group of volunteers were caring, generous, valiant, and committed to helping others with the resources they had at hand: boats. Their boats were neither pleasure cruisers nor naval combat ships. Instead they were simple fishing boats, hunting boats, shallow draft boats, airboats, canoes, and kayaks. The Cajun Navy officially became an organization with a mission statement: “We the people of Louisiana refuse to stand by and wait for help in the wake of disasters in our State. We rise up and unite and rescue our neighbors!”

The Father’s standards are rather high, seemingly at times almost impossible. We are commanded to do good and be helpful to others. He requires that we live lives of goodwill and helpfulness. Whenever you are able to do so, do good to the person who is in need (Proverbs 3:27).

It is so natural to think, “they just don’t deserve it!” For some reason, the Father left out the whole issue of worth. He didn’t tell us to run a beauty contest, incognito, of which only the winners are worthy and deserving of our help.

Where would we stand before the Father, if we had to win a prize to be worthy of His love and help?

REFLECT & PRAY

Whenever anyone needs help and you can help them, then never hesitate to do so (GECL).

Father, you help the helpless. One day, may my heart become more like Yours.

INSIGHT


The Father often helps people through other people. The Father knows all too well our propensity to feel inadequate, to retreat and feel paralyzed. He wisely encourages us to use what we have, to help others.

The English phrase “in your power to do it,” in Hebrew, is literally “in your hands to do.” This is an idiomatic expression which simply means, “it is in your power” or “you have the ability.”

Seems like we always have stuff in our hands. He provides opportunities to make good use of it. He tells us to live wisely making the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-16, Titus 3:8).

Galatians 6:9-10

 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone– especially to those in the family of faith.

The Father often asks questions of us. He doesn’t require information because He knows everything. His questions often help us to see both our resources and our opportunities.

Exodus 4:2 The LORD said to him [Moses], “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.”

What is in your hands?

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