A couple of months ago a friend of mine said she saw me heading into a storm. At the time I thought, “What am I in now? It sure doesn’t feel like a cakewalk?”
Now, the weather forecasts are informing us that a storm of mass proportions is heading our way. I don’t know if the storm that is being predicted to” wreak havoc” on the North East Coast being referred to as “Frankenstorm” is the storm my friend had warned me about. I don’t even know if it will come inland far enough to even affect us. But, I do know whether we end up in turbulent weather or not, it would be foolish not to prepare for the worst; while hoping for the best.
It’s time to batten down the hatches!
We have to make sure we have candles and flashlights in case of electrical outages, fresh water, and enough food to whether both the storm and it’s after effects. We also need to make sure the yards are cleared of clutter.
We prepare for the “storms of life” pretty much the same way—-by gathering lights, water, and food and cleaning up the clutter.
1. Light- I heard a quote once that says, “Do not doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.” Spending time is the presence of the Lord and keeping His promises (candles) in your heart will illuminate your way when the “lights go out.”
Psalms 199:105 “Thy word is a lamp into my feet, and a light unto my path” ( KJV). We went camping just about every summer when I was younger. I remember how scared I had been as I made my way to the pit toilet in the middle of the night. On the “seemingly” mile long trek I would usually point my flashlight directly in front of my feet so I wouldn’t stumble when taking my next step. However, I sometimes raised my flashlight and scanned the distance to make sure I was safe— and that I was headed in the right direction. God’s Word not only illuminates our steps to keep us from stumbling in the dark, but lights our path to bring us understanding and revelation concerning the present and the future.
2. Water- Our bodies are composed of more than 60 % water. No wonder we can get dehydrated so easily! Since we can be surrounded by water and still be dehydrated (Just ask anyone who has been lost at sea) we not only need “water”—we need it to be “drinkable.” In a Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm, the author, Phillip Keller, who was a shepherd by trade, explains what it means to be lead “beside the still waters.” Keller mentions how shepherds go to great links to provide “good” water sources for the sheep—even digging deep wells if necessary. But, even with all their effort, invariably a few sheep will try to drink from polluted puddles. If we have been drinking from the polluted water sources of the world, we will not be able to survive when the storms of life “hit us”. Jesus tells us that He is the “Living Water.” We must rely on Him to be our strength and stay through the difficult times.
3. Food- After Jesus had met with the Samaritan woman, his disciples returned urged Him to eat. Jesus told them He had food to eat that they didn’t know about: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” John 4:34 (NKJ). Jesus also says in Mathew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”” (NKJ). We need to know how to “hear” God’s voice and walk in His will if we are going to survive the storms of life.
4. Clean up the clutter- Growing up on the South Coast I went through three major hurricanes. Besides gathering supplies and boarding windows, we always made sure we removed anything in the yard that could potentially become a missile. Before we head into “life’s storms” we need to do the same. Unhealthy patterns and mindsets, including unforgiveness and judgment, can become missiles the enemy will launch at us when the winds start kicking up. It’s best to clean them up beforehand.
Yes, it’s time to batten down the hatches here on the East Coast—It’s also time to batten down the hatches in the body of Christ. We need to prepare for the worst; while hoping for the best. However, when the storms do begin to rage, we can be comforted in knowing not only the One who created the wind and the waves—but the One who can calm them.
Have a blessed day! Jeannie Diane