Dealing with Storms
By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power? — Job 26:12-14 (NLT)
Storms are an ever-present threat. This year’s hurricane season ends today as the worst in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy blasted the East Coast in 2012. And, the deadliest since Hurricane Katrina and several ensuing storms struck the U.S. in 2005. This year’s damages will total more than $11 billion, with more than 1,700 people losing their lives.
But this year there was more. Massive flooding in Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia. Wild fires that burned down Californians’ homes and sent thousands fleeing for their lives. Countless people learned the meaning of fear and panic. Not to mention utter waves of helplessness. Some faced the prospect of trying to rebuild their homes with no insurance to help pay for it.
It isn’t easy to cope with such devastation, especially if you lost a loved one during some kind of calamity. When your world is drastically impacted, it is good to know there is someone around who never changes. Someone who can show you rays of light when it seems all you can detect is utter darkness. Someone who isn’t surprised by storms, terrified by winds, or brought low by disaster.
When you need Me, I am always there.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What storms have you come through in life? What helped you survive?
- Watch this video about a powerful storm.
- What emotions and memories came to mind as you watched? How will you face future storms?