When Storms Come
Storms have no favorites among men. The wind and rain and fire will destroy whatever is in its path: black or white, wealthy or poor, aged or young, man or woman or child. There is no rationalizing with a storm. There is no appeasing a storm. There is no bribing a storm. When storms come, how will you meet them?
I see the images of the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, the fierceness of the Eagle Creek fires, and the devastation and fear surrounding Hurricane Irma. There are no words. My heart feels so heavy as I read stories of mothers doing everything in their power, sometimes even sacrificing their lives, to save their children in these storms.
I have never been in a hurricane’s path. Hurricane Matthew hit parts of our area hard last year, so the memory is fresh and everyone is preparing. I am feeling overwhelmed with the possibility of this storm. I bought my water, dry goods, batteries, and flashlights. But my head keeps reminding me that if we were stranded there are now three children and only one me. How could I possibly keep all of my babies safe if we needed to swim to safety? As possibilities and scenarios played out in my thoughts, a verse came to mind and quieted my worry.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1b-3a
The water. The fire. The fear of the future. No matter what comes at us, whether literal or figurative storms, He is with us. He will not leave us, even if it may be hard to hear His voice or see Him working. We can rest in knowing the nature of our God. He is bigger than the storm. He is the Creator of the storm. “Even the winds and the waves obey him.” (Matthew 8:27 NIV)
Can I rest in the Lord when Texas was just wrecked with a storm and an even bigger one is threatening to hit the east coast? Easier said than done. Fear continued to creep into my thoughts. So I opened my Bible and picked up where I left off and read this,
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4
Friends, the Word of God is living and active. If you do not believe that, just faithfully read. Day by day He will speak truths over you through His Word. It is for YOU. As you abide in Him and in His Word, it will take root in your heart and mind. When the storms threaten to overpower your faith, the Spirit will intercede and you will recall what you have read. As you feel the presence of His Spirit you will feel cared for, seen, and known.
The storm is coming. I am choosing to meet this storm resting in the knowledge that I belong to God and I never leave the safety of His hands. My soul belongs to Him and everything else- my body, my house, my things, even my family -is just worldly stuff. When my doubts and fears arise, I will turn my thoughts to Christ and place my trust in His faithfulness.