Stormy weather

8 Jan

The weather today has been so atypical for this season in this area of the country.  Warm and windy.  A little while ago the tornado siren went off—–just a watch, I believe.  As the day is winding down, the wind seems to be picking up. 

My youngest used to have a ferocious fear of tornados.  When he was little, one touched down at the bottom of the hill we lived on and it sent a tree sailing down the highway.  The path of the tornado was the valley in front of our house.  So, for several years, if the sky got dark or it thundered he would go balistic on us.  When the school had tornado drills—-oh heaven help us!!!  

In order to reassure him, we would always tell him that you don’t get tornados in the winter time.  Well, mother nature proved me wrong several years ago when a pretty impressive tornado did some significant damage in a nearby town during the month of January.  Oops, there went my story!

Fortunately, he has grown out of that fear to a great degree.  That doesn’t mean that when the wind whips up, or warnings are issued that he doesn’t get a look of apprehension.  But, he doesn’t go bananas on us anymore.

When our walk with God is relatively young (no matter what our actual age is) we can get terrified when the storms come.  Yes, we would all say that God is with us, but we can still get to the point of Ayhhhhhhh!  As our walk with God “grows up”, we learn to endure these stormy seasons——even the storms that come out of season.  Does that mean we don’t feel apprehension????  No it doesn’t.  We are human, with human emotions.  In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus’s human emotions were such that He sweated drops of blood.  Yeah, He felt fear.  But it didn’t keep Him from fulfilling His purpose—His calling.  He did it anyway.  God did not allow the cup to pass.

Sometimes we pray, “God take this”.  But sometimes He does not allow the cup to pass from us.  Sometimes the storm comes and the rains and the winds blow.  They blow hard!!!!  But on the other side of the storm, if we don’t give up is VICTORY.  So…..anyone out there without their raincoat and umbrella—Keep on pressing on and praise Him in your storm.

But thanks be to God, who ALWAYS leads us in His triumph in Christ Jesus our Lord and manifests through us, the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

Love u…………Cj

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8 Responses to “Stormy weather”

  1. touchofglory January 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    Hey CJ. We went through a terrible “storm” about 3 years ago with my dad. He was the focus of some things at his job that truly tested us all. Those of us who knew him knew the truth, and although we knew God would see us through, we still felt scared and pretty worried at times. Praise God, we pressed on, kept the faith, and made it through to the other side of the storm. Now, three years later, we are all much stronger for having gone through such a tough situation. God truly does reward those who are faithful and stick with Him through the bad times. Love you! M

  2. Stacey January 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Amen, sister!

    BTW, I have a pretty unhealthy fear of tornadoes. I was home alone in early high school when one ripped through our neighborhood. It brought down several large, old trees and almost killed our dog. 😦 It was a prerequisite when we bought a house that it had a basement just for my fear. LOL!

  3. Kim January 8, 2008 at 11:56 pm #

    I am watching the live coverage of the storms as I type. I am not terrified but definitely want to know what is going on.

  4. Susan January 9, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    I’m still at work and we just came back up from the basement of the building. We were under tornado warning for a little while there…..fun, fun!

  5. "Maggie" January 9, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    That’s just one cool post right there.

  6. graceisenough January 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    You know, I have always been terrified of windy thunderstorms/tornadoes and my fear of them has gotten worse over the years. It seems whenever we have a bad storm capable of producing tornadoes, I am home alone with the boys. You can imagine the thoughts that go through my mind; I go as far as to go to the basement and prepare our corner. I’ve also weathered many a storm in my personal life as well, some that I just don’t like talking about because of the damage they caused. But through it all, I kept on pressing and came out victorious in the end! Praise God he is there for us! Love ya-H

  7. Misty January 11, 2008 at 3:57 am #

    That was a beautifully thoughtful, wonderfully well-written devotion right there.

  8. PregnantNHappy February 14, 2008 at 2:39 am #

    Hi, beautiful site. I think this site will now jump before “the other site” I’ve been frequenting. It is good to see such uplifting words and reassurance that GOD Is there…!! I love this place!
    Dee Dee

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