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In the Storm

Day 96 Project 365

We can be going along and every thing is great and the next thing we know we are in a full fledged storm.  Or maybe its been storming for days and weeks and months and our boat is so battered and torn we are staring to take on water and we focus on the storm.

It can be so easy to watch the storm.  As the waves crash around us and the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes.  We can start to panic as the water crashes against our boat.  What once was calm has become chaos and we lose our focus.  Fear.  Panic. Frustration.  Anxiety.  Like a flood, emotions are flying.  When we need to stay calm and focused the most we panic.

In the storm we most remember to keep our eyes focused on the one that can calm the sea.  That can speak to the waves and command they stay still and the ocean to become clear as glass.  We need to remember that those in the boat with us may also be experiencing these same things so they might lash out in fear, panic and frustration too.  Keep calm and speak truth.  Learn to do what you can.  Surrendering control and realize that are some things you can’t change.  Only God can.

Refocus.  Take your eyes off the storm and place them firmly on Jesus. It might be a passing squall or a full-blown hurricane but one thing is for sure- HE HAS GOT YOU if you let Him.




Day 55 Project 365

What a lovely day today.  82 degrees in February!  I could learn to like this yet alas colder temps are moving in and tomorrow will be in the mid 40’s!  That is okay.   It was another sunny and beautiful day with some an awesome breeze.  Sitting here now the breeze blowing through my home it smells like rain.  Storms are in the forecast.  As I finished my errands today and came home my thoughts were on the approaching storm.  We secured the yard and are praying over the swaying pine trees that border our yard. Sometimes we know storms are approaching and other times they pop up literally out of nowhere.

As I sit watching the sky darken and the clouds move in and the winds pickup, as the tornado watch scrolls across my television, I am reminded of how BIG my GOD really is.  We have been facing some storms in our lives.  It seems that everyone we know and love has been too.  Yet as the sky grows darker I keep hearing the same thing, “I GOT THIS!”

I love what God says to Job in Job 38- 39.  This is The NIV version.  Although I just share 38 and 39 with you here it goes on.  When I read this I can hear God saying, “I GOT THIS!”

1Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:  2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3Brace yourself like a man; I will question you,  and you shall answer me.  4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!    Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while the morning stars sang together  and all the angels[a]shouted for joy?  8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 11when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?  12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,  or shown the dawn its place, 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. 15The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.  16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?  Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 18Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?    Tell me, if you know all this.  19 “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? 20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? 21Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!  22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I reserve for times of trouble,    for days of war and battle? 24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? 25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, 26 to water a land where no one lives,    an uninhabited desert, 27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? 28 Does the rain have a father?  Who fathers the drops of dew? 29 From whose womb comes the ice?  Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens 30when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?  31 “Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? 32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c] or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s[e]dominion over the earth?  34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds  and cover yourself with a flood of water? 35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?  Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’? 36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]  or gives the rooster understanding?[g] 37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?   Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens 38when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?  39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions 40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? 41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God    and wander about for lack of food?

Job 39

Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?    Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? 2 Do you count the months till they bear?  Do you know the time they give birth? 3 They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended. 4Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.  5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes? 6 I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat. 7 It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver’s shout. 8It ranges the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing.  9 “Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night? 10 Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?  Will it till the valleys behind you? 11 Will you rely on it for its great strength?    Will you leave your heavy work to it? 12Can you trust it to haul in your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?  13 “The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. 14 She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, 15 unmindful that a foot may crush them,    that some wild animal may trample them. 16 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers;    she cares not that her labor was in vain, 17 for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense. 18Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.  19 “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? 20 Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? 21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. 22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;  it does not shy away from the sword. 23 The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. 24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. 25At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.  26 “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom  and spread its wings toward the south? 27 Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? 28 It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is its stronghold. 29 From there it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar. 30 Its young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there it is.”