Summary: Romans 8:18-25 Corrupted Creation
Our family moved to Queensland in 1979 when I was in Grade 5.
We moved to Brisbane.
One of the things that stuck out to us
a strong memory I have from my childhood
is that when we arrived
people talked about
What happened in 1974?
Now I wasn’t in Brisbane in 1974
I was just a young kid in Adelaide in 1974.
So I never saw those 1974 floods.
But after we moved to Qld in 1979
we never stopped hearing about the 74 floods
even though it was a full 5 years after the event!
The number – 1974
it became synomous with the word “apocalypse” for Queenslanders.
It was the bogeyman
the ultimate disaster
1974 became almost mythical in character.
The big fear.
And what have we seen this last week?
Except I suppose now 1974 won’t be referred to as much anymore
1974 will be replaced by
A future generation of Brisbanites and Queenslanders
will grow up in fear of that dreaded number
Friends we have experienced unbelievable scenes this week.
This time last week
we thought Queensland had been through the wringer
an area greater than France and Germany combined
- under water.
But this time last week we couldn’t have imagined that what had happened up to then
was only the tip of the iceberg.
Who can forget those images from Toowoomba
of that wall of water streaming through the CBD
tossing cars around like matchbox cars.
It looked like something out of a Hollywood movie
it was hard to believe it was real.
Who can forget the tragedy of the Lockyer Valley?
Towns like Grantham, Helidon, Murphy’s Creek?
Virtually swept away
houses uprooted and carted for miles
- with people in them.
And that wasn’t all.
Ipswich, then Brisbane
hit by 1974 type floods.
The state is in shock
The nation is in shock.
I personally am in shock.
And we’ve got the world’s attention
Headlines on BBC, CNN
those with friends and family overseas
have no doubt been contacted by them
asking if we are okay.
And in the midst of it all
we’re aware that something is wrong.
Where did all this water come from?
What has gone wrong?
the clouds, the rain
those things that are supposed to feed us
keep us alive
by making our crops grow
have instead unleashed their fury on us.
the rain that should be feeding us
is killing us.
What is wrong?
What has gone wrong with the creation?
Why is the creation corrupted?
And you know
is shockingly close to home.
Floods aren’t new
Last year who can forget the massive floods in Pakistan
where 2000 perished
And even now
while Brisbane floods
Rio de Janiero is also flooding
and over 500 people have perished.
But as tragic as the floods in Pakistan are
and the one in Rio at the moment
as tragic as volcano eruptions in Indonesia
earthquakes in Haiti and Chile
we watch those on the news
but they are unfamiliar places
they are unfamiliar people.
But our floods
they are close to the bone.
Most of us have been to Toowoomba
many of us have walked those streets where the flash floods were.
Someone in our church
was telling me they’d been in that very spot only a few days before the flood hit.
Most of us have driven the Warrego Hwy between Brisbane and Toowoomba
we’ve passed through towns like Grantham and Helidon.
And most of us
perhaps all of us
know someone in Toowomba or the Lockyer Valley
or Bundy or Rocky
or one of the other many places affected.
And most of us probably know someone
Some, like me
have lived in Brisbane for many years
to see familiar sites,
even suburbs where I’ve lived,
to hear of friends, my sister
It hits home.
And it hits home even more
because we too here in Gympie
were in the middle of it as well.
We’ve been affected too
we saw the Mary River rise
to almost a km wide.
Something is wrong with the creation.
Who’s fault is it?
Who was responsible?
Anna Bligh said,
"Mother Nature has unleashed something shocking out of the Toowoomba region,"
and then after the waters in Brisbane started to subside she said:
"I hope and pray that Mother Nature is leaving us alone for us to get on with the job of cleaning up and recovering,"
So was it Mother Nature that is responsible for all this?
Others said that we are in the lap of the gods.
Was it the weather gods that were responsible?
Others said the floods are of biblical proportions.