Tuesday, June 7, 2016


The final eruption of Mount St. Helens in May of 1980 was not a sudden event. For 2 months prior to the massive blast - the most deadly & destructive in American history - earthquakes & volcanic activity signaled a major event was underway.

Authorities had plenty of time to sound the alarm & warn those living nearby of the looming danger. Yet despite the seriousness of the threat, some people chose to disregard the warnings.

Probably the best known of those who refused to evacuate was Harry Randall Truman. The 83 yr old man was the owner & caretaker at the Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. He had survived the sinking of his troop ship by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland during World War I & he was not about to leave just because scientists thought there was danger.

Truman told reporters, “I don't have any idea whether it will blow. But I don't believe it to the point that I'm going to pack up.”

On May 18, 1980, Truman & his lodge were buried beneath 150 ft of mud & debris from the volcanic eruption. His body was never found.

It is foolish to recognize danger or temptation & think that we will somehow be exempt from the consequences if we linger. If we believe Scriptures warnings concerning temptation, we will surely flee.

The only real protection that we have is the approach taken by Joseph when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife. “…and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out” (Genesis 39:12).

Source: ‘Volcano Cowboys’ -  Dick Thompson (ministry127.com) 

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