A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
Spring is the most beautiful season in Georgia. It is, also, ironically, the most treacherous.
The frequent clashes of warm air with colder fronts creates the potential for severe weather. Violent thunderstorms with damaging hail and lightening often wreak havoc. As do the dreaded tornadoes they spawn.
Several nights ago, Danny and I find ourselves in the cross-hairs of a potential tornado. Sirens blare the warning as we hasten to our downstairs laundry room, the closest thing we have to a basement.
Lightening flashes. Thunder roars. Winds howl.
We hunker down. Prepared to ride it out.
Praying to be spared the brunt of the storm.
And, thankfully, we are.
Only twenty miles away, however, a local airport is hit and hit hard. Eighty percent of the aircraft there is completely destroyed. We read this morning that the airport is closed indefinitely.
Only twenty miles away . . .
Too close for comfort.
But, a miss is as good as a mile.
When the storms of life swamp our boats, Pastor Wallace reminds us that Jesus may not always calm those storms. Instead, He takes our hands. Hunkers down by our side. Promises to ride it out with us.
To see us through the rough seas. The raging winds. The driving rain.
Filling us with His peace. His presence.
Until we reach safe harbor. Until the squall has passed.
Holding fast to us.
And, never letting go.
When the storms of life hit, do you turn to the Lord for help?
I invite you to pray with me:
We thank you, Lord, for being with us not just when skies are blue, but when they are cloudy and dark and threatening. When the storms of life hit us hard, may we always remember that You are right there with us to see us through. Help us to rest in the comfort of Your presence and Your promise. Amen.
Psalms 95, 69:1-23 (24-30) 31-38 or 73
1 Corinthians 7:1-9
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