Monday, May 3, 2010

The Raging Storm

Well, you have either SURVIVED the raging storm that swept thru our area or you have HEARD about it in the news. A fierce and mighty storm ravaged our city and surrounding towns in the last two days. Killing some, destroying property and leaving streets and homes flooded.

Luckily for me and my family, we had gone out of town for the weekend. We were in another state, picking our college son up and bringing him back home for the summer. We were safe and sound on dry land in Texas while our friends back home were holding onto mattresses, cowering in bathrooms and praying very hard that the tornadoes and storms would pass by.

Fear. It is a force to be reckoned with. And fear certainly gripped many this past weekend as the storms brewed overhead. I am reminded of another storm that kicked up some fear. A frightening storm rose quickly on the Sea of Galilee, and the Disciples were afraid. Yes! Even the Disciples struggled with fear!

MATTHEW 8:26 "He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' The He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm."

When the Disciples turned to Jesus, He calmed the waters of the storm but then He turned and rebuked the Disciples for their lack of faith in Him. Sometimes, I think that I am like the Disciples on that day, frightened by the waves and winds of the storms that brew up in my life.

When we accept God's promises as absolute truth, we will find we have little to fear! Faith in God is the foundation of courage and the source of power. One thing I know, storms will brew all around us, not only in threatening thunderstorms and tornadoes but also storms that take us by surprise in life. When your storm rages, remember that God is the One who calms the raging winds.

"Only believe, don't fear. Our Master, Jesus, always watches over us, and no matter what the persecution, Jesus will surely overcome it." - LOTTIE MOON


Denise said...

I praise Him for always calming my storms.

Debbie said...

AMEN to this for sure!! Have a wonderful day...HUGS

Beth in NC said...

Fear is a horrible tormentor. I'm glad you were safe and I pray your home wasn't damaged.