on Facing the Storms in your life

get-attachmentI wrote about a terrible thing yesterday, a dad that had killed his five young children out of fear that they were going to kill him, cut him up, and feed him to the dog, yeah sure. On the news there are images of war, of public beheading of innocent people and the threat of more. Those stories plus reports of crimes, massive floods, storms and fires give us enough fear and stress to keep us awake for days! That being said, I decided to write about something that might help.

“There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, peace and quiet and open air, wait for us somewhere.” (Stephen Sondheim) These lyrics were written for a young girl to sing when a rival gang member on the streets of New York City has killed her lover. When I hear that my thoughts go to another song, “Peace in the Valley”, which then bring thoughts of my dad who sung it so many times. The past week, and few days, have been very chaotic, a time when a few moments to just sit down were few and far between, and when I did sit down, my eyes closed in the sleep my body was so hungry for.

The lyrics to those two songs came wafting through my mind, tangled in and out of each other, during one of those moments. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.

Things happen to us quickly, the way a tornado suddenly appears in the sky and makes a day, perfectly beautiful only moments before, become full of wind, rain and destruction. Sometimes our lives feel like a combination of hurricane, tornado, and earthquake that have hit us all at once!

I was praying for a desperate situation and God spoke into my heart, I am going to share it with you as best I can. “When a tornado comes you are hit by the front of the storm, it is terrific in its intensity when suddenly everything becomes very calm and still. You might think that it’s all over, that you can go back out and play! You might go out and for a little while things are nice, when suddenly, BANG you are slammed down by the back wall of the storm, which is worse than the front, and you are flat on your face or worse you might be picked up and tossed around in the air, mingled with all the other debris, then dropped on your head, breath knocked out of you if you can survive it! When you are in the calm, the eye of the storm, it is like being in My perfect will. If you move with the eye, you will stay ahead and safe from the backside of the storm. Stay in the center of my will and you will weather the storm without injury.” After God spoke that into my heart I took pause to think it over and I Googled “the eye of the storm”.  I have always been a let-me-fix-it kind of person, if there is a problem I try to find the quickest solution and go for it, but God was telling me to sit still in the center of His will, to let go and let Him take care of me. 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

There are some things that only God can solve, it’s like having an abscess in your tooth, it hurts, you can take medicine to try to calm it, the infection might come to a head on your gum and burst, offering relief for a few minutes but ultimately you will have to go to a dentist to clean it out and fix it at the root.

Is the front wall of a storm slamming you? Hang on, because when the eye passes over you know that God is guiding you into His perfect will! Don’t try to walk out of it by yourself; all the other debris, which is being thrown around like tossed salad, will pound you! God will get the storm under control and give you strength to face whatever it is that you need!

Psalm 121:1 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

From Psalm 91 His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.

When we have huge storms like we have weathered in the past few years, school slaughters, wars, financial crisis, and general unrest just know this, “There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, We’ll find a new way of living, We’ll find a way of forgiving, Somewhere”. NOW is your “Sometime!”

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