Thunderstorms

Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 WEB.

Thunderstorms in the deep south can be terrible, especially for children. Blackened skies, winds that blow down trees, walls of rain you cannot see through, accompanied by bolts of lightning that hit the ground and sound as if an artillery shell exploded. Once a bolt of lightning struck in our yard and set off an electromagnetic pulse that caused all the electronic devices in the area to lose their settings.

When I was little, and a severe thunderstorm would come up, my Dad would gather all the kids around him and sit us on his lap with him on the couch. If the storm got really bad, he would always take us out to his truck. My stepmom cursed like a sailor, and he was afraid to be in the same house with her when things got rough, lest she be taken and us with her. Looking back, I guess everyone distanced themselves from her when the weather got rough.

Even in the worst storms with the wind howling, the lightning striking, and the thunder booming, we felt perfectly safe there with Dad. His presence seemed to calm everything inside of us. We always made it through the storm.

Sometimes the Lord does not calm the storm we are facing, but He will calm His child. When this happens, relax and rest, knowing that He is with you. It's going to be OK. The storm will soon pass, for it is not forever. Try to keep a positive attitude while waiting on it to blow over.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 WEB.

A baby wants everything right now, or it cries and screams. A child that is weaned learns to wait until the meal is ready. When David wrote Psalm 131, he said that his soul was like a weaned child. For he had learned to wait for the Lord without whining.

You are not alone there, and what you are facing today is not a surprise to God. You will come through this, but you will get to walk on streets of gold even if you don't. So the worst thing that can happen is not really all that bad. Naked we came into this world, naked we will go out. All that we are striving for today will be left behind. Set your priorities in light of that.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for comforting me. I know that You are in control. You created the universe, and You can handle this. I surrender to You. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and fulfill Your will in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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