You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
What is your foundation built upon? If your life, like your home, is built on unstable ground then the moment a major storm rolls through it will suffer significant damage, and make it difficult to repair. But if your foundation is solid and you work to build up the infrastructure with a dedication to excellence, purpose, humility and care then you will notice that even if things get shaken, it continues to stand firm.
Is God your foundation? Or is money, power, your looks, your reputation, your pride, or ego your foundation?
What are you leaning on during a storm? When you’re alone and afraid who or what can you truly count on for comfort, and to provide you with a solution to your problems?
Nine years ago, I heard that a tornado was heading my way as I watched the trees and bushes outside shake violently. The lights in my home would flicker when there was a lightning strike, and I grew anxious, so I began to pray. When a lightning strike caused the house alarm and smoke detectors to go off for a few seconds I felt my heart race.
I was alone and couldn’t leave the house. Fear began to set in and I soon was scared about the “what if’s”. I prayed harder. Never once during the storm was God not present with me. I simply wasn’t truly present within myself.
“Peace be still” is not just for the stormy weather outside but also for the troubled feelings that stir up inside of us. Say a prayer today for those around you that you know and for those you don’t. And say a prayer for yourself, that you learn to quiet the storm of fear inside, that slowly cripples you as it takes your mind off of God. Make it an amazing day!
Father, I thank You for waking me up today. I thank You for the breaths that I take and the mobility that I need. I thank You for the senses You have blessed me with and know that some may seem to work better than others— but all are perfect in Your sight.
Father, I pray today for those people who weathered through yesterday’s and previous days storms. I pray for those who suffered partial or total property damage, those who were injured, those who lost their human lives and those who lost loved ones. I pray for those whose nerves were shaken as fear filled them anticipating the worse.
I also pray for those people worldwide who weathered through yesterday’s metaphorical storms. I pray for those who will face mental, spiritual, and financial storms today. I’ve endured all of storms, countless times, and I am grateful that yesterday’s storm that tried to build a residence in my mind and heart, instead passed me by. As fear crept inside of my mind and my body began to react to the “what if’s” I began to pray to You for peace.
Even when things seem out of my control, they are always in Your control. And just like nine years ago, and times since, the storm passes, peace comes, and all is quiet and still.
Now today is a new day with new experiences and new issues to battle, but waking up today proved to me that just as I made it through yesterday I can make it through today, and tomorrow, believing in You. Thank You Father.
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