On December 26, 2014, there was a very powerful earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, resulting in a massive tsunami moving at horrific speeds across the Indian Ocean and crashing on the coastlines of eleven countries. The death toll was estimated at 230,000 people.
One of the amazing discoveries from this event was the survival of the Andaman tribes. Because of the location of the Andaman Islands, officials were certain that these “Stone Age: tribes would be wiped out. However, there was virtually no loss of life! These people had fled inland to higher ground, and it was learned that they had an oral tradition handed down from their elders from ancient times, to watch for certain signs. If they noticed a certain movement of trees, and certain behaviour in the animals, they were to flee to higher ground immediately. They were obedient to the teaching of their elders, heeded the signs of nature, and survived certain destruction as a result.
What a lesson this is for any who are lost in sin today. The Bible warns us, “Flee from the wrath to come” (Luke 3:7). There is judgment coming on this world, but there is refuge and safety in the Lord Jesus Christ.