In The Eye Of The Storm


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Psalm 91:2

I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” 

My family moved to Jacksonville, Florida a little over a year ago. When we made the decision to move I never considered that we would deal with hurricanes. For the second time in as many months, a huge storm drew near to us. Herminie came through Jacksonville as a tropical storm, but Matthew passed dangerously close to our coast line as a category 4 hurricane.  Schools and businesses closed in preparation for the storm. Meteorologists warned of the danger of the storm and explained it could reshape parts of our coastline. We stocked up on supplies and water and made provisions if we lost power. Millions of people living right on the coast were evacuated. As the hurricane drew near to us the wind and rain became frightening, and lasted for hours. I made several Facebook posts with storm updates and asking for prayers. I felt those prayers. Our Heavenly Father saw us through the storm. As I type this blog the storm has passed. We are waiting for morning to survey the damage.

We also face many metaphorical storms in life; job loss, illnesses, infertility, not getting that promotion, betrayal, and death to name a few. We try to control these storms, but we cannot. In some cases we just prolong the pain. The storms we experience leave different kinds of marks on our lives. Some of these storms will change us forever. But the one thing that will never change is God’s love for us. He will see us through these storms; He is faithful and in control. Psalm 33:4 tells us, “For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”

I don’t know what storm you are facing, or the severity. All I can tell you is to put your faith in God, and let Him have control of the winds and rain. Something beautiful awaits you on the other side of the storm. I’ve always experienced an unexpected blessing when the storm passes.

The events of the past few days remind me of the song “In The Eye of the Storm” recently released by Ryan Stevenson. May it bring you peace.

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Psalm 107:29  He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Image: Artist Unknown – found on Facebook 10/7/2016

Storms


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On the planet Jupiter there is a storm that has been raging for more than a century. The Great Red Spot is the most conspicuous feature of the planet. It’s reddish in color and approximately 12,400 miles by 7,500 miles wide – it’s huge!  It has been continuously observed since 1878. (Source: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/243638/Great-Red-Spot). Will this storm never end?

I’ve been going through a raging storm in my life for quite a while. The details are not important. We all go through storms in life that, while in the storm, seem to never end.

There are several things I am learning about the storm I am in.

  1. God always provides.
  2. He will quiet my spirit when I turn to Him.
  3. The storm is an opportunity for me to grow my faith.

We are never alone during our storms. God is with us through every storm we encounter. The Apostle Paul faced many storms in life. Here is one:

Acts 27:18-25

18 “We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

 22 “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”

The reason Paul was on this ship was he was being transferred to Rome to stand trial.   How could Paul have remained so calm and faithful during these storms? I think the reason is he cultivated his relationship with God so that his faith would not sway during these violent storms. In fact, his faith grew even deeper. (Consider the letters he penned from his prison cell.)

The storms do not revolve around us. We just happen to be in the midst of the storms. What is important is how we react to the storm we are facing. If we look for opportunities to serve God even during the storms of life, our relationship with God will grow richer and fuller, and our faith will grow. The result? The storm will be calmer, despite how it seems to rage on.

Psalm 107:29

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 

Blessings on your day.

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Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

The Eagle


bald_eagle_adult2 Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

The Bible says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31

– Author Unknown