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.

10 Comments

  1. Rebekah

    September 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful. I’m neither a mom nor in a physical storm’s way right now, but you made me wipe away tears. Beautiful, to know that God is our resting place, God is our comfort, our strength, and that no matter what happens on this earth, He’ll be there for us.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Commenting as part of my challenge: rebekahdevall.wordpress.com/challenge/

    1. myjoyfulMOMent

      September 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Emotional or Spiritual storms can be just as trying and fear-inducing as physical storms. But God is God through it all. Praying for you!

  2. melissa Steindl

    September 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I love this. We live in Houston and went through Harvey- with a 2 year old and a baby due any day. These thoughts were very fresh on my mind. God was so present during the storms, though, and still is during the clean up of our city. It is truly amazing how He is able to use any bad and hopeless situation to shine His love and protection on us. Thank you for this post!

    1. myjoyfulMOMent

      September 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience! Continued prayers for the recovery of your area and so thankful your whole family is safe.

  3. Meg

    September 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    It really is hard not to be feel so much emotion when you see and hear about the awful things going on, even if they don’t effect you directly. My family suffered a house fire when I was in college so I experienced losing everything that I own. I can’t imagine willingly leaving my home and being unsure if it will still be standing when I return. My heart also aches for so many. <3

    1. myjoyfulMOMent

      September 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Oh Meg! How devastating! It truly is a reminder that the things in life are JUST THINGS. Helps keep our perspectives on what is truly important, the people we love.

  4. Corinne

    September 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I absolutely love this!! I needed to Hearn it too, my family was in NC for Irma, and some friends were innate as for Harvey. Thank you for writing this and what you do <3

    1. myjoyfulMOMent

      September 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Corinne! I am so so thankful that Irma was as mild as she was and that we didn’t see any effects in NC. We are all still feelings the effects of Matthew, so I am thankful we were much more prepared than needed. Prayers for those in Dallas and Southern Florida who are recovering now.

  5. Jasmine

    September 15, 2017 at 3:05 am

    We just survived Hurricane Irma unscathed. Our neighbors were rescued from ther roof tops from flood waters and just streets away, we didn’t even lose a shingle. But we left not knowing our outcome anway. Thanks for writing this!

    1. myjoyfulMOMent

      September 16, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      So so thankful you were spared from Irma! Hopefully you are able to minister to your neighbors and help in a very personal manner. Please reach out if your community needs anything as you are in the midst of the recovery.

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