The wind is whipping around the neighborhood today as if it were the middle of winter. In truth, the weather is perfect except that we are braced for a tropical storm that looks like a no-show. Like all of those in our area, I spent yesterday preparing for the worst — stocking supplies, preparing the emergency evacuation package, storing anything that was out of doors that might blow around or be tossed through windows. And then, secure in the knowledge that I had done all I could, I went to bed and slept like a baby.
Now, at almost four in the afternoon, I’m feeling slightly betrayed by the weather. True, it is windy. But that’s all. The sun is shining and the temperature outside is 76 degrees. There is little to no humidity, and it feels like a perfect Indian-summer day. And then it hit me — this is exactly what I had prayed for this morning. I wanted the storm to go around us. I wanted God to move this mountain away from us so that we would not suffer property damage of injury of any kind to ourselves or our neighbors. WHOA!
God is amazing. I am awed by His infinite mercy and grace. Don’t get me wrong: I have not deluded myself into believing that I’m the only person who prayed for this storm to miss us. Nevertheless, I am amazed at His faithfulness. Even if I hadn’t prayed this morning, and the storm had passed by, I would have been filled with awe and wonder and gratitude for His divine intervention in the affairs of mankind. How sweet is our God!
The events of the past two days rang another bell in my spirit. This is exactly how I prepare when one of life’s storms comes upon me — storms of death or illness, financial loss, relationship losses: I do what I can do, then I pray and let God be G-D! I have weathered some truly black skies and horrendous winds in my life, but God has never let me down. I have a friend in the middle of a horrendous battle right now and it looks really bad. If she were to rely on her five senses she would be fearful and worried. But she doesn’t, because she knows who she is and whose she is. She trusts God to show up and take care of the situation, no matter how black those clouds are or how much wind is swirling around her — she knows Him and she knows He won’t let her down — not now, not ever.
God is ready, willing, and able to win any battle in our lives. He knows what is best for us. He knows what our future holds. He isn’t surprised by our circumstances and He knows that when we come out on the other side, we will bring Him glory.
Does He always give us our way? No, of course not. Do you always give your children their way? What parent would? Parents know what is best for their children, and sometimes it is best for them to walk through the storm. We learn so much while we are there. And on the other side of the storm, we discover we have gained valuable insight and wisdom to help others make it through their storms.
God is good. God is just. God is faithful. God is love. And all He asks of us is to love Him in return and trust Him with the storms in our lives. How can we not love such a God?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.