GOD Be: Hurricane Matthew, De Spirit, and De Gullah/Geechee
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
• Romans 8: 31 KJV
“GOD be with you til we meet again.”
“I prayed and I prayed. I prayed all night long. I prayed and I prayed until I found the Lord.” I continued to hear this song in my head and then I realized it was playing on a continuous loop from my heart. I was tapped into the collective spiritual consciousness of Gullah/Geechees from the bush arbors that were now covered by the foundations of homes and praise houses. I was hearing hundreds of us singing this song together as my family and I would get silent in the darkness awaiting the approach of the storm named “Matthew” and as I sat in meditation and prayer as the storm could be heard outside in the middle of the night. “My soul couldn’t rest contented until I found the Lord.”
As I drifted off to sleep as the rain tapped the roof and wind literally howled around the house, I remember being content because I recalled “If GOD be for us, who can be against us?” I said out loud, “Yes. GOD is for us!” GAWD fa we fa tru!
When the lights returned to the electrical post as we sat on the porch, my mother and I did not even realize it. We were chatting and laughing as we had done here every evening as the sun went down and even after darkness fell and we would light one candle for exactly on week. I said, “These folks need to get the lights on within the hour and it will be exactly the same time that they went off last week!” We then proceeded back to olde time Gullah/Geechee entertainment, talking to the family on the porch.
Exactly one hour after that statement, the light came on!
What I realized is that our lights were always on because we are the light. We are the light that GOD called us to be. Our Gullah/Geechee community had brightened this light all the days of our lives as we communally stood together closing out church services singing the song from which the lyrics were simply spoken as part of the benediction at our service today-“GOD be with you til we meet again.” I realized those words had covered all of us-those that had stayed on the island and those that had evacuated and traveled highways and byways.
I realized that you do not just want GOD to be with you because that is a given. You want GOD to be in you which is a choice! Tenk GAWD fa choosin life and light ya!
Win de Gullah/Geechee famlee bin jayn today fa shout and praise GAWD fa all wha wi bin tru, hunnuh coulda feel how GAWD bin dey tuh! Ebeebodee got a testimonee bout how GAWD bin bless up de Gullah/Geechee famlee pun de islandts een de sea. We also bin da pray for de famlee een oda res a place likka Haiti and NC.
Afta all a disya, I ain kno bout hunnuh, but mi sho kno mo bout who webe and mi hafa sey “Tenki Tenki GAWD fa anointin and bein fa we!” GAWD fa we mo din de world against we, but GAWD dun sho we da all we need is fa GOD BE!
Ta GAWD be de gloree!