Isaiah 4:6a …. for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (NKJV)
The winds increased in intensity, and the rain suddenly became a deluge! The storm hit quickly and ferociously.
My family and I were vacationing on the shores of Lake Huron. The weather had been perfectly calm and warm, for the first few days we had been at the cottage. Then out of the blue the storm arrived. It became so intense, we wondered if the cottage would remain standing – it literally shook, as the gusts of wind struck.
My husband planned on joining us for a few days, and this was the day he was driving to be with us for the weekend. It would prove to be a challenging journey.
The cottage survived, but my husband’s journey was one of treacherous driving conditions, road closures, downed power lines and torrential rain. He nevertheless persevered and arrived safely, even if he was much later than he planned to be.
The tale he told was a shock! This storm was in fact a tornado! It had caused major damage to the Bruce Peninsula. We were a few miles from where it had hit. We were, therefore, very thankful to have been spared the worst of the storm.
The spiritual journey we travel through life can be hit with many unexpected storms. Some are slight causing little obvious harm, some however can be devastating – bringing illness, job loss, relationship breakdowns, financial losses – all of which, leave debris in our lives. We can be overwhelmed with these events and wonder how on earth we will survive. God promises a safe place, in which we can shelter when times get tough.
The Bible is filled with passages of hope and refuge, full of wisdom to give each of us the right next step, that will help us survive those times.
Isaiah 25:4a …… a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm (NKJV)
It can be a challenge to read and trust the words. Harder still, to have faith that they can make a difference. We want to hang on to our stuff, because if we let go we’re afraid of the consequences: but letting go is what God wants us to do. He cannot step in and help calm our storms, if we choose to block His way with our doubt.
So let’s take a deep breath and LET GO! Let go, and let God take control. He is the only One able to bring calm into our storms. Let’s be able to say, ‘Whoa, that was some storm but thank I God, because He brought me into a calmer place’.
Prayer: Father, we all suffer from troubles. Some are small while others tend to be enormous and out of our control. That is when we want You to take over and be the bringer of calm and resolve. Thank you, for all You have done in the past, what You are doing now and for what You will do in the future. Amen
See a photograph of a stunning sunset, taken after this storm. BruceGreySimcoe website.