Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly hope that your day is off to a great start! Before we begin our time together, I would just like to thank God for bringing us through another week…and my prayer is that God will always be there for us in the days to come…to shelter us and keep us safe from the storms of life…Amen!
Last night, as I was lying on the daybed in my office…looking out the window; I noticed that some of the old and dried out leaves from autumn were still hanging on the big maple tree. While lying there…looking out to whatever caught my eye; God began to show me that even though we had experienced several high wind storms over the past few months…these leaves still weathered those storms.
You know…we too can go through some pretty bad storms…and these storms can make us feel like we’re barely hanging onto life. Even though these storms can make us feel rough and weathered; we need to stop and realize that no matter how we were shaken or tossed about…we still made it.
As I was thinking on this deeply today; God began to lead me to a couple Bible verses in Isaiah 25:4-5, which reads… “But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall, 5) or like the relentless heat of the desert. But you silence the roar of foreign nations. As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat, so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.”
These storms we face in life can come in different forms; but the one thing that caught my eye, while reading these two verses; is where it says…“For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall,”
I have come to see within my own life that a storm can stem from pain and illness…and also deep heartache; but there can also be strong storms that form from the ruthless acts of people. In fact…these kinds of storms can seem so overpowering; that we find ourselves believing that the storm will never find it’s end; but just as these leaves on the maple tree have weathered the snow, wind and rain; we too can weather these storms that try to take us down…and why…because God is greater than these storms…and He can truly become a tower of refuge to us…a place where we can find ourselves sheltered within His almighty hands.
No matter how strong these storms may appear to be; we must remember that Jesus is the master of the storm…the One who not only allows these storms; but also the One who controls these storms. Evil may attempt to make us believe that it will defeat us, through these storms that appear to be so destructive; but when we can find the strength to take our eye away from the darkness of these storms…to focus on the One who has control over the storm; that is when we will once more experience a hope that will help us to see that these storms can be silenced, as a calm overrides the soul…a calm that truly reveals to us…that with God, we can survive any storm of life…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and never give up on life; for with each storm that attempts to take us down, comes a rainbow of hope…a hope that will always remind us; that with God…everything will be just fine! Take care & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain