We are blessed to live right on Escambia Bay which is just one island away from the Gulf of Mexico. If you go about five miles South from us, you are right on Pensacola Beach. And if you go about eight miles South West through the Inter Coastal Water Way, you'll end up at Fort Pickens Pass, where the Gulf meets our body of water.
When the BP oil spill happened, people went crazy, thinking it was the end of the world. For example, look up: "BP Oil Spill: Media Lies & the Truth About a Teotwawki Event Happening Now" by george4title, for just one example of what people were saying about the event.
Many believed this was the worse ecological disaster of our time. Everyone, that is, but my grandmother. She told me, "Oh, that's nothing! After World War II, there were many boats coming back from the war leaking oil all over the place! Many of them sank. Oil washed up on the beaches everywhere, and no one said anything. And in just a couple of years, it was gone, and there was no problem whatsoever! People are really making too big a deal out of all this!"
I remembered that as I studied and read in the news about the "disaster." And I too came to the conclusion that it wasn't as bad as they made it out to be. The Gulf of Mexico is a very big body of water, and could even take a spill ten times that size!
As the world watched the news, we saw the massive clean up effort, and we were eventually told that over 70% of the spill has now been cleaned up, something I don't even know if I believe or not. How can they say such a thing? But if that's true, then the whole thing wasn't as big a disaster as they said it was, and now it's almost all gone.
Personally, I thought the oil would evaporate, or eventually begin to sink back down to the bottom of the ocean where it came from. Supposedly, that's exactly what it's doing now.
But as this whole thing happened, I wondered what would happen to the fish and wildlife. If you believe the scare tactics of the news, this disaster was to "wipe out" the entire fishing industry and kill many pelicans, ospreys, crabs, etc. Well guess what. That is exactly NOT what happened.
I told my wife about a month into the spill that my guess was the fish would flood into the bays and bayous in droves, in order to get away from the oil. (Yes, fish are smart enough to not swim into the black stuff!). And that's exactly what we've seen happen.
From our house we watched day after day as Escambia grew fuller and fuller of fish. Mullet were jumping everywhere! Minnows flourished, speckled trout, red fish, and more filled the bay! Trout slicks and schools of fish were everywhere!
I enjoyed throwing my cast net and catching a plethora of fish. Once, I even caught a "lady fish" which are usually only out in the deep sea. (Proving my theory that deep sea fish from the Gulf did indeed came into the cleaner waters of our bay).
So, this oil spill has been a real blessing to us, as we've seen in increase of fish in our bay. I can only guess, and this is another theory I have, that as they came in, they also must have spawned here to, which will lead to even more fish being hatched in our waters. (I think so because this is the time of year for it, and the oh so hot summer has made the waters so very warm).
As I thought about this PHYSICAL lesson I learned from this "disaster," God showed me a SPIRITUAL lesson as well. That is, the more disaster, the more it can turn out to be a blessing for you!
I also thought about souls. And how there are very few people nowdays getting saved in comparison to the "Great Awakenings" and the revivals in the beginning of our last century. And I study those, it was usually when something bad happened that revivals flourished. (Like the Great Depression of the 1920's, and the great revivals of Billy Sunday).
Maybe what America needs are more "disasters" in order to bring the fish in to God's bay (heaven). Maybe a great a terrible overflow of darkness across our land might be what America needs to repent and get right with God, and to start revival. I hope not, but I'm just saying it's a thought.
The reason this spill happened was because of CORRUPTION. That is governmental officials were paid off and took bribes in order to not do their mandatory inspections. This lead to the "explosion" which gave us the great disaster. As I thought on this, I too see much corruption in high up places in our nation, which will undoubtably lead to a soon coming explosion of civil unrest. You'd have to be blind not to see a whole lot of bad in the future for our country as politics, religion, and evil people are trying to start revolutions, race wars and robbery. Bad times are coming and a dark cloud is brewing. Times are expected to get really bad really fast, as Muslims, Communists, Socialists, and Gangs are raping our land, as they try to spawn their movements and increase their power. They care only about themselves and what they can get from others, and don't seem to care about "tolerance" and "peace." Instead they actively engage in being rampantly defiant to God, the Bible, and the principles that founded our nation.
And what about our economy, which has come to the brink of almost unsustainability, which means it's going to CRASH very soon?! (All of which I think has been planned so they can dump the American dollar, you know, the one with "In God We Trust" on it, so they can change to a unified currency in the Americas. You know, something like the "Amero" that they claim doesn't exist. Look up "Amero" on Youtube and you'll see they've already been minted and printed!)
So, what's on the horizon, and what's next for our country? I have no idea. All I know, and the promise that keeps me going, is that God can turn something bad around into a blessing. And he can use "disaster" to bring about revival. Yes, another disaster is most likely coming (especially since that's how the bad guys work with their Order out of Chaos mentality), but God can take a bad thing and turn it into a good thing. Let's all pray that will happen!