After the Storm

by V. Leacock, CA (guest contributor)

 The question is, after the storm, what action will I take”…

Earlier this month we experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Lee.  While brewing in the Atlantic Ocean it was named as Hurricane T. S. Lee.  It seems with each upcoming hurricane comes a more interesting name. 

I live in Northeast Georgia and fortunately we experienced no severe flooding, power outages, trees falling onto homes resulting in major damages and most unfortunately loss of life.  Like me, I am sure your prayers are with those who were not as fortunate. 

Fortunately “after the storm,” there is always a calm.  Today the weather is much nicer.  The grass is greener.  The shrubbery in our yard is upright instead of leaning to the side or in some cases drooping.  The colors of our three crepe myrtles trees are vibrant again.   Even the plants in our little vegetable garden that had all but dried up appear to be thriving again.  We could possibly harvest a few more vegetables before the season ends this year.  What was once dying is now alive again.

 Atmospheric storms are very similar to the storms we experience in our lives.  Both can be catastrophic, occurring with or without little warning causing immeasurable spiritual, personal, professional, and financial ruin. One day, things are going quite well and the next day or even within a matter of minutes we feel as though our whole world has fallen apart.  We find ourselves yet again in the midst of another storm.  

 The question is, after the storm,” what action will I take”?  Will I stand tall like the blades of grass and shrubbery in my yard?  Will I finally learn to be still, quiet, and patient until God gives me direction?   The answer is yes.  Moreover, I must keep my focus upon him by recalling what He has done for me in the past and knowing what He will do for me in the future. 

 Having gone through an atmospheric storm one time helps us to be better prepared for the next one.   So it is when we experience personal storms in our lives.  We may not understand or know the outcome, but we are better prepared with the peace and assurance in knowing that our anchor is in Christ Jesus.  

 Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

Mark 4:39- Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”

Have you found peace after your storm?  Is your anchor in Jesus?
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