Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This past weekend was the first severe weather of the spring season. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest region were bearing down on us. Since I grew up in Oklahoma, this is not foreign to me. However, my children had grown up – to this point – in Las Vegas. Severe weather in their mind is 115 degrees of heat, heat, heat. To say they get nervous in thunderstorms is somewhat of an understatement. Especially my worrisome red-head.
The weather maps showed us to be on the edge of the tornado watch, but we were certain to have severe thunderstorms, possible hail and a very strong wind advisory. Of course, this was blowing through during the night which equalled no sleep for Mom and Dad with four children invading our bed, and our sleep.
The only reasonable solution….a camp out. We grabbed the sleeping bags, pillows, and whatever toys and computers they wanted to play with and down we went. They thought this was so cool to have all of us sleep in the basement. Except for craving my pillow-top, I did too.
We all slept undisturbed through the night, and the kids had a wonderful time. Down in the basement, we could not hear anything going on above us. We were in peace. We were together. It was near perfect. Before sleep, I sat in the floor and just watched each one doing his or her own thing, completely content. Safe. Secure.
Isn’t that the perfect illustration of how God wants to work in our lives? We can be in the midst of the biggest storm of our life, threats of danger and situations creating fear and dread. But when we let God be in charge of our life, we can still find that safe, content and secure place. The place of peace that drowns out the loud thunder and ruckus going on around us.
I have found He is many things to me. My Savior. Provider. Redeemer. Lover of my soul. My Healer. Joy. And in the darkest times of my life, He is my Peace that surpasses all understanding. There will be storms to rage again, but I know where to hide. Or shall I say, with Whom. He is my Refuge.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 62:8
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7