2019 will forever be known as the year CMB was cancelled because of Hurricane Dorian. As a CMB board member, I can assure you it was a tough experience to walk through, and even tougher for our CMB staff.
But Dorian wasn’t the first hurricane to interrupt my plans.
Back in the summer of 1996, Hurricane Bertha passed over a Christian music festival I was in charge of. We had to evacuate thousands of people, and I lost a bundle of money. As I watched Bertha form and move up through the Atlantic towards Delaware, I prayed God would turn the storm out into the ocean. Much like I prayed for Dorian to make a turn.
But she didn’t.
The night before the hurricane was going to pass over us, I laid in bed praying. I knew the next morning I was going to have to send everybody home, take down our tents, lower the stage, cancel the bands, and so I prayed. I asked God why. Why?
“I’m doing this for you! I have prayed for good weather for a year, and you send a hurricane?!”
Instead of giving me an answer, in my spirit, I heard God ask me a question.
“What’s the worst thing that could happen to you?”
I immediately thought “that I would die and spend eternity in hell.” That would be the worst thing that could happen to me, I decided.
God nudged me with an even deeper question. “Do you worry about that?”
“Why?” he asked.
“Because I trust you, and you promised that I wouldn’t the day I committed my life to you.”
Then God said: “If you can trust me that the worst thing possible won’t happen, why can’t you trust me with smaller things?”
I fell asleep with an unexplainable peace. The next day, we evacuated, the eye of the hurricane literally passed over our property 24 hours later, and I lost my shirt. But I had peace because God reminded me that I can trust Him in everything…big or small.
Some of the artists that were scheduled to play at our festival volunteered to come back for a fundraiser, and some others donated a song so we could make a compilation CD to sell as a fundraiser, and we ended up recouping every penny. More importantly, I learned a lesson.
Sure I sometimes get a knot in my stomach when things don’t go the way I planned. Quite frequently, actually.
But my trust in God is complete because I know that if I can trust him with my salvation and my eternity, then I can trust him with my life, and my family, and my radio station.
And with CMB.
And so can you.
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