As a family we decided to get rid of cable and we only have the various streaming options for TV and Movies, which means we do not have access to news which is a total blessing unless you have to check the Doppler to see where the storm is. I feel ill-prepared for storm-ageddon which is causing a bit of frenzy as we wait.
All social media feeds and text weather warnings are preparing for the coming doom. Stay out of washes and find a place where you can get your sand-bags. The stores are out of candles and bottled water.
The sky is overcast and a light gray, the rains from heaven trickle down in a light sprinkle… schools have closed or reduced their programs, buses are running on a limited schedule as we sit and wait for the storm which will likely hit this evening and into tomorrow.
Waiting for the storm with our eyes looking up… how often do we do this; Life stopping for a moment to look around and wait?
I have made sure I know where our candles are. I made sure we have bottled water and for-sure, as parents, we have everything we need to bandage up skin and take care of wounds. Aside from feeling a little ill-prepared…
There is no frenzy or fear here. We do not live in a state of fear. We have promises which we rest on, regardless of the storm… whether raining down from Heaven and blowing in from the south or the battles in life we face we have no fear.
Isaiah 25:4 For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless is like a rain storm against a wall.
God is our hiding place.
Isaiah 32:2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.
God calms the storms of this life.
Psalms 107:29 He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed.
Matthew 8:26 He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
I love the comfort in that verse. It settles my heart.
Let the storm come, we'll be nestled inside being driven along.
It settles me as we look up and wait for the storm that will surly come...
With God there is no fear!
Dear Heavenly Father, as we face the storms of this life, help us to remember to look up. To rest on your promises which are found in your word. Lord, steady our seas when it gets to rough. Help us to remember you are our constant comfort and refuge. Thank you for your provision ahead of these storms. Thank you for your love and the reminder that within you there is no fear.