“Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped. But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?” Mark 4:37-38
Jesus’ storm preparation strategy was to sleep. I’m not recommending his approach. Jesus could get away with that because he could order the wind and the seas to be quiet and the wind to stop. In this story, he did, and they did.
I would recommend instead that we take the precautions that the authorities have encouraged us to take.
However, we should pay attention to the lesson that Jesus teaches in this story. “Jesus asked them, ‘Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?’” Jesus taught his disciples there was no reason to be afraid. Like the disciples, we may want to grab God by the shoulders to shake him awake and say, “Why don’t you do something!?”
The story teaches us that God is with us in every storm even when it seems God is asleep and does not care about us. Things may get rough. It may be very difficult, but God has not abandoned us. God is still with us to see us through whatever Hurricane Ian and any other storm brings. Thanks be to God.
Prepare, but don’t be afraid.