Being a native Floridian, I have always loved watching storms roll in from a distance. Our skies are big making it easy to see when a storm is brewing.
Hurricanes are the most powerful storms I’ve witnessed, and Irma is the strongest to come across the Atlantic basin. To say I was nervous about what would happen to Florida is an understatement. I know the media can hype things up, but this was real. Irma had her gaze fixed on us and she was heading our way for what seemed like forever. I’m thankful we had lots of time to prepare.
Once Irma blew into town I found my favorite place to be was on our front porch watching her roar. We have a part of our porch that protects from the wind and provides a perfect place to watch the trees and rain blow without getting wet.
It was there that I encountered God. While the storm was raging around me, I sensed God’s power in a tangible way. He is all-powerful. He is in control. He still commands the wind and the waves. Yet, I was reminded that He takes thought of me, of you. Yes, He is fierce, yet approachable. All-consuming, yet comforting. He is my God and He is safe. I found myself quietly singing,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God (song and lyrics by Chris Tomlin)
What storms are you facing in your marriage? Did it come on you suddenly, or have you seen it brewing from a distance? Did you make the necessary precautions, or have you found yourself in a flood of trouble with no power to bail yourself out?
There is good news. God is the God of the storm. He alone knows what you need to bring your marriage safely through it. Run to Him and allow Him to be your shelter and your guide. He will protect you and help you as no one else can.
When we walked out of our home on Monday morning to assess the damage done in our neighborhood, we offered a silent prayer of thanksgiving to God. Not only had the storm passed, but we were safe.
We pray this will be true of all marriages facing trouble today. Lean into the storm holding hands, and watch what God can do.