A few years ago I was driving my oldest daughter to a doctor appointment in a nearby city. I didn’t normally drive on the interstate, it was also unusual for me to drive into ‘big’ cities alone.
I left the house with a confident “I had made it once before, I could do it again” attitude. We were heading down the road beautifully for over thirty minutes. Everything was running smoothly, we were making great time. However, as I came closer to the city, wind began to toss our car into the tight lanes next to mine. I was so nervous I slowed as much as I could without causing anyone behind me to become angry.
As we continued my child made a remark about the rain clouds in front of us. Between the wind and the clouds, I almost pulled over in panic, but when my GPS started telling me that my normal route included a road closure my head started spinning!
“Wonderful! Strong rain, wind, and a road closure in a city I’m not accustomed to driving in!”
Could this get any better? Panic…. I’m pulling over…. maybe not… we’re running late…. this GPS is crazy…. I don’t see any signs advising there is a detour… “Oh My! God, what do I do? Please take care of us! Please let us arrive safely! Lord, please help me!”
Did the sun come out? Did the rain clouds leave? Did the wind stop? No. Not at all. The wind continued, the rain remained impending around us, and the sun didn’t come out to play. But the situation didn’t get any worse. I was bracing myself for the worst, and it didn’t happen.
Sometimes in life we can see the storm coming, we brace ourselves for impact, and are relieved the storm wasn’t as bad as it could be. Right now, my family is bracing for impact, but I am trusting God will be certain the storm isn’t as bad as it could be. I know there are blessings on their way that are going to be amazing.
Are you bracing yourself for impact?
There are over fifty references in the bible about sheltering and storms. The first account appears in Exodus and the last is in Revelations.
A few years ago I was given this letter and have kept it in my Bible ever since. I hope you find comfort in these words as I have. It is amazing how many times I have opened this letter and reflected on the verses it references.
“I know the battles we face here are Earth are overwhelming – but, in reality, they are God’s battles. He trusts each of us to do our very best and then He will do the rest. I know you feel like you are at the Red Sea and the enemy is coming after you and you don’t know what to do. God says in Isaiah 43: 1-7, in verse three, He gave Jesus for our ransom. Read these powerful scriptures- put your name in verse 1. Then turn back to Isaiah 41:10. Stand on these promises! God is still God and He is ALL POWERFUL! Hallelujah!!!…”