Monday, April 28, 2014
When the Storms Come
This morning, I'm sending my kids to school amidst the rain, lightning, and strong winds.I'm also headed up to Nashville for a doctor's appointment for Annabelle. NOT looking forward to driving in this stuff! And off to the west, Tornado watches are everywhere.
Days like today remind me that storms in life, both literal and figurative, are inevitable. They come and go in different seasons. They can get pretty scary, lots of rain and wind.
In real storms, we have the wonderful weather people to keep us updated. Maybe some days TOO updated, because we know every movement of the storm, every possibility for danger. Sometimes we even know days in advance, when it is still nice and sunny, that bad weather is coming. Talk about fear inducing! Yet, it's nice to know, to have time to prepare, plan.
But in life's storms, it's a wee bit different. Many times we have no warning, it just swoops in out of nowhere. We don't have a radar to tell us when to seek cover. We don't have the promise of a time when the storm should pass.
What we do have, though, is this amazing shelter during the storm.
His name is Jesus.
So when storms come... sometimes big like, say, your daughter being born with half of a heart... and sometimes smaller, like a kid waking up with a fever or the stomach flu (YUCK).... Take shelter. Don't freak out in the storm and let yourself be blown in the wind. Grab your Bible, find a quiet spot, and go into your safe spot.
Being in your safe spot doesn't make the storm go away.
But it does bring calm in the midst of the storm.
I think sometimes we tend to "go outside" during the storm and scream at it to go away. For God to take the storm away. And when He doesn't, we wonder about his existence, about his love. Then we get blown off our feet or struck by lightning, all the while God is at the door to his safe house, shouting, "Come here! I'll protect you!"
Going through our ordeal with Annabelle taught me a lot, but one of the things was that God does NOT always take away the storm. His word even says that the rain will fall on the just and the unjust.
But He will ALWAYS see his through, if we take shelter in Him.
Has God sent a storm to you lately?
And if you're affected by the storms today, please let me know how I can pray for you!! They are calling for the worst to be this afternoon/evening here, although it's rained and stormed all night and another wave is coming through right now.
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