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 trees over, walls of rain that you cannot see through, bolts of lightning that hit the ground and sound like an artillery shell exploded. Once a bolt of lightning that struck in our yard set off an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) and caused all the electronic devices in the area to lose their settings.

When I was little and a bad 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 house with her when things got bad, lest she be taken. Come to think of it, 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 that we are facing, but He will calm His child. When his happens, relax and rest knowing that He is with you, its going to be OK, and the storm will soon pass. It is not forever. Try to keep a good attitude while waiting.

'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control' (Galatians 5:22).

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 on the Lord without whining.

You are not alone there and what you are facing is not a surprise to God. You will come through this, but even if you didn't, you will get to walk on streets of gold. So the worst thing that can happen, is not really all that bad. Naked we came into this world, naked we will go out, and 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 are able to handle this. I surrender to You. Speak to me in a way that I understand and fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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