Downed Tree from storms in Middle Tennessee June 19, 2019
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, He will shelter you with his pinions, and under his wings you may take refuge; his faithfulness is a protecting shield. You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come.You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see. Because you have the LORD for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold, No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you,lest you strike your foot against a stone. You can tread upon the asp and the viper,trample the lion and the dragon. Because he clings to me I will deliver him; because he knows my name I will set him on high. He will call upon me and I will answer; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and give him honor. With length of days I will satisfy him, and fill him with my saving power. Psalm 91
Yesterday, I spent the day getting ready for my family to go on vacation. I didn’t turn on the news or look at the weather for the day at all. I just went about my day, doing laundry and getting ready for travel. Around 4:00 p.m. I wheeled our trash can out to the curb and felt a spit of rain on my arm. I looked up at the sky, it was cloudy and a little bit eerie. I knew a storm was coming.
I like to watch storms. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a storm chaser, though I have been in the eye of a hurricane before. I was in Thibodeaux, LA when hurricane Andrew hit back in 1992. I had never seen a sky that color before. Weather often lets us know we are not the ones in control. But back to yesterday, I don’t chase storms, but I will watch storms from my front porch on occasion, as long as they aren’t too scary.
Yesterday’s storm was weird though. I knew it was coming from the time I took the trash can out. But 5:00 p.m. came and it didn’t hit us, and 6:00 p.m. came and it didn’t hit us, and 7:00 p.m. came, and it didn’t hit us. Somewhere around 7:30 p.m., the sky stopped it’s occasional spitting and opened up into a downpour.
I went to sit on the front porch. I grabbed my bible and a candle in a glass jar. I lit my candle and sat in my rocking chair. I held my bible and prayed. God told me to pay attention.
He said, “you knew the storm was coming, I warned you for quite awhile.” The rain began to fall very hard and very quickly and in a flash of lightening, it got nasty wicked out. It almost looked like a hurricane as the rain was full on sideways because of the wind. I thought I better go inside. God said, “no, stay and watch.” The wind was blowing so hard a mist of rain was getting me wet. I was becoming very cold and very uncomfortable. Rain poured from my home’s gutters, threatening to soak the entire porch if they broke away from the house, but they held firm. I was wet but I wasn’t soaked. My candle blew out. It was dark. He said, “this is what it will be like, it will be dark like a hurricane. You will be uncomfortable, you will suffer, but you who dwell in the shelter of the Lord will be rescued.” Psalm 91 was coming alive. The storm was fierce but ended rather quickly, as quick as the bolt of lightening that had unleashed it. I had a sense of total peace about me, even though most people would have come inside long before I did. I felt as though he was giving me a glimpse, a small glimpse, of what is to come.
We are in a storm, still the warning phase, much is yet to come. What will come will not be what we have envisioned in our heads. I actually don’t think we can fathom it, the immensity of it all. But what I do know is God is in control and we should have no anxiety. It isn’t like me to stay out in a storm that was as bad as last nights, but I KNEW God was with me and I didn’t need to fear. He is giving us time, time to pray, fast, and align ourselves with His Will. His Mother is interceding for us. Time is short, don’t waste it. We shouldn’t wait until the storm is full blown before we start listening to God. Pray now.
May the Peace of Christ be with you.