Ps.46:1,2 – God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Storms are pretty much a way of life for God’s people. One of the great images of storms in the Bible is Jesus sleeping in the boat while the disciples were fearing for their lives. That is a great snap shot of every one of us from time to time. He is nearer than we realize and He has us safely in His hand. When they woke Jesus from His sleep He rebuked them for their unbelief and proceeded to still the storm. This was a special moment when some of the disciples began to realize just who Jesus was. Sometimes it takes a storm to open our eyes. They didn’t see His nearness, His greatness, or His kindness until the wind started to blow. It was desperation that brought them to their senses, storms have a way of doing just that.
So here we are again preparing for another storm in Southeast Louisiana. Dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes is just a way of life in this part of the country. At the end of the day we are in His hand even if it seems like He is asleep. He has each of His own in His sight and in His grasp. What is He after? He is after our faith. Look to Him and trust Him again. He will always come through on your behalf. Maybe this is the storm that He will use to bring answers to some of your prayers. He seems to work in unusual ways and apparently He likes to use storms.
I am writing this blog just before a special service we are having on a Friday night anticipating Ida this weekend. We will not be able to gather at church this Sunday, all Sunday services will be a livestream event. I encourage you to look to the Lord in this unusual season. It is those uncomfortable times of life Jesus manages to show up in unusual ways. He is right there with you in the middle of all the drama. Call out to Him and He will speak peace into your storm. Keep your family safe and I hope to see you soon.

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