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Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you. (NIV)
The storm clouds were raging all across our state!
For most of the afternoon, one of the network channels had suspended regular programming to broadcast information about the inclement weather. Over and over, we watched the radar light up in vivid multicolour due to the wind, rain, hail, and lightning in the storms.
So, we were not surprised when storm watches and warnings reached us in the north-eastern part of our state. Already, I had been praying for God's protection as we made the appropriate preparations for a time like this.
Our seven-year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, soon sensed our apprehension. With her usual quiet, gentle spirit, she came to me and asked me to pray with her. I gathered her close in my arms and asked God to put His protective angels around our family and keep us safe from the storms.
Soon, the tornado sirens began to sound their alarm. The long and loud sound just heightened the fear I had begun to see in Mary Kathryn's eyes.
Memories began to surface as I was reminded of a similar situation many years before. Jerry was a young college student at that time. We were newlyweds living on campus when a giant storm began to brew in the dark night.
There were no weather channels and no sirens back in those days. But there was no mistaking the ferocious winds with a noise that sounded much like a giant train coming through our backyard. I still remember the comfort and protection I felt in my husband's arms as he gathered us in our small hallway until the storm passed over.
There in the middle of the huge storm in which we found ourselves, I asked God to remove Mary Kathryn's fear and to replace that fear with peace. Right before my eyes, I saw the fear disappear. The storm still clapped with thunder, and the tornado sirens rang out again, but I saw only peace in Mary Kathryn's countenance.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for opportunities to pray with our grandchildren. Thank You that Mary Kathryn's child-like faith was much increased on that stormy day as she literally lived out today's Scripture. Thank You for making "So do not fear; for I am with you" become a reality for us. Help all of us to realize the peace of Your presence. Amen.