Run…A Life Storms is Coming!

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Storm When Andrew my son was 6 years old, he was having a sleep over.  The weather that afternoon was horrendous.  The sound of thunder, lightning, pouring rain, and howling wind were almost deafening.   My daddy used to say when it rained like that it was a “toad strangler”, and believe me, no frogs would have made it that afternoon.

The boys were getting ready to turn my dining room table into a fort when they walked over and stood in front of the glass patio door and gasped excitedly as they broadcasted, “Mom, look!!  The chairs in our backyard are floating!”

That was the last words I could hear, as the sound of a freight train filled every segment of the air.  I froze for a split second as the spine-chilling wave ran straight through me as I recognized it was a deadly tornado.

I grabbed the kids and got them to the hall as the roof began to be torn off.  As I crawled to the bedroom to pull the thick comforter off the bed and find my poodle, a huge pine tree came through the ceiling as an oversized branch just missed piercing me in the back.  I was crying out loud to God for safety and mercy the entire time, yet the deafening sounds of the storm stifled the cries as if I were a mute.

When I finally made it back to the boys, threw the comforter over them and held them tight, the sound of the roar dissipated, but we sat in the flooded hall motionless.  The sound of the ringing phone brought me out of the stunned state.  Scrambling to the phone I said, “Hello” and my husband said, “What’s for dinner?”  I said, “What’s for dinner?  We’ve just had a tornado come through the neighborhood, and you want to know what’s for dinner?”

We look back on this experience now and laugh, but there was nothing even slightly humorous as this experience was lived through.  The tornado brushed through our neighborhood leaving devastation, but jumped the canal behind our house and touched down in the neighborhood across the highway and totally took out 268 homes.

God was in control and took care of us that day…even though it felt like we were going to perish.  That same God is in control today too. I have FAITH!  I know that I know that I know that He is here!  He cares and He protects.

“Hear my cry, O God.  Attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed?”  Psalm 61:1-2

There is no physical storm outside, but right now today, I am experiencing a storm in my personal life.  I feel crushed and keep asking God for wisdom to know how to get through it, because the outcome looks dim.   Nobody likes to talk about storms, the kind that makes you feel like you are drowning;  going under for the third time.  The kind of storm that can devastate, destroy relationships, cripple emotions; the kind that leaves debris scattered everywhere in the aftermath, leaves you stunned, and makes you think your cries to God are of no use.  They are muted and unheard — the kind that no matter if you take shelter or not the walls cave in.

Yes, that’s the kind I am talking about…a life storm!

I realize the only way through is to run to God, take His hand and trust.

“Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”    Psalm 62:8

Everywhere I have turned this week I have heard the cries of many others walking through a storm.   Some of these storms are terminal illness, sudden tragedy, loss of a loved one through murder, children being abused, husbands walking out, and the list goes on and on…the cries of human rain!

I don’t know the outcome of my storm, but my trust is in Christ alone, and I will praise Him in spite of the circumstances!  He is in control.

The calm is coming. 

How do I know?  Because Jesus took care of the storm for the disciples and He will do the same for me and you!  It may feel like a deadly tornado, stormy seas, hurricane or whatever…it doesn’t matter…nothing is too hard for God!!!

“And there arose a great storm……..He arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the winds ceased, and there was a great calm.”  Mark 4:37, 39   

If you are going through a storm, take shelter in God’s care and sit still and wait for the calm.  He loves us and will take care of us; it is our job to trust.

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  1. Savannah Spears says:

    I need to remind myself no matter how great the storm to always call on God…I love you thanks for sharing!

    • That’s right Savannah, God is ALWAYS there! You will come out of your storm unharmed while in his care…keep trusting. I love you too sweet girl. 🙂

  2. Cathy, I’m lifting you in prayer as you brace for your storm! It’s always a scary time, no matter how great our trust. I pray that God will fill you with His peace as He works your deliverance. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. Powerful, not only in the physical sense of a tornado, but in your words and God’s Scripture. He does and will bring us through these storms. I am sorry you are in the midst yet you know Who is right there with you. I am praying and praising the LORD.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    visiting from Essential Fridays

  4. Hi Cathy! I’m your neighbor at Wanda’s blog.

    Wow. What an experience. I can’t imagine how the kids must have felt. And you still had phone service after the storm! Truly God was watching out for you.
    Yes, nothing is impossible with the Lord. And it’s good to remember that in the storm, the calm is coming. It won’t last forever. Wise and comforting words. Thank you!
    Nice to meet you 🙂
    Ceil

  5. I am returning the visit and God used you to really speak to my heart his morning! I will be praying as you are walking through this time.
    Joy

  6. Cathy, thanks for stopping by my site. God is a good God, even when we are in the midst of storms. Grateful for all He has done for me.. Praying for you and yours.

  7. Hi Cathy, great words of encouragement you shared. Thanks for sharing your testimony of how God took care of you during a natural storm and reminding us that he can calm the spiritual storms in our lives as well. Blessings to you.

  8. What a scary experience! And yet Christ is in the midst of even these storms. So good to remind each other of this over & over again. Blessings, Cathy!

  9. Such a scary experience! God had you and those kids in his hands the whole time! When times are rough, we sometimes forget that God has us in his shelter, and there we are protected. Thank you so much for this reminder!

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