After The Storms

September 2, 2006
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Psalm 91:14b-15a – I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. (NLT)

Gone are the fierce storms of last evening. All day, the meteorologists warned us of the impending danger of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. About dusk, black clouds, with a hint of that strange green hue which normally means hail, rolled across our area of the country. Lightning lit up the sky and the wind blew fiercely.

Finally, the rumble of the thunder went farther and farther away, and we could no longer hear rain beating against our windows. Once again, God had brought us safely through a huge storm.

Today, I am having my quiet time on the front porch where the storm blew so ferociously during those turbulent minutes. The chairs have been turned upright after being tossed against the side of the house. The air is clean and pure, as my husband gathers up fallen limbs from the trees. Leaves blow gently in the air, and the warm sun kisses my face as I say a prayer of thankfulness.

Sometimes the storms of life come upon us with the same fierceness experienced last night in the rain and the wind. Unready to completely surrender our lives to God, we hang onto seemingly innocent encumbrances. We become stagnant in our prayer life and study of God's holy Word. Worship time diminishes until it becomes a secondary consideration. Then storms of doubt and fear and unbelief begin to choke our relationship with God.

If we cry out to Him, He will answer us. As our heavenly Father, He longs to bring us back tenderly into the fold.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You restore us after the storms of life have passed over. There may be a period of sifting days while You ever so gently remould and remake us into Christ's likeness, but peace and joy can be ours again when we call upon You. Amen.

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Melva Cooper
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

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