READY… “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:28-29 NIV
AIM… Frankenstorm Sandy just moved through our
nation with vengeance this week. What
did you do to prepare for the storm? How
did you handle yourself in the midst of it?
Life sometimes hands us our own Frankenstorms. When that happens, how do
you respond? What do you do?
know seasonal storms and the storms of life are going to occur whether we want
them to or not. Some folks like to be well
prepared to withstand a weather catastrophe with water, food, gasoline in their
vehicles, a generator, candles, batteries, etc.
Others don’t get too excited and tend to wait to see what really happens
and then approach their circumstances in a more reactionary mode - if anything happens to them. I find that the same is somewhat true about
personal storms. Some folks like to be emotionally prepared by surrounding
themselves with supportive friends, reading self-help books, praying and
trusting God to assist when life will inevitably get ugly. Others, however, wait for the difficult
situation and then find themselves in the middle of a crisis. Suddenly, because there was no
self-preparation, these ill-equipped folks go into panic mode and stress out
over life’s attacks; oftentimes they spiral out of control.
we can all learn a lesson or two from this week’s wicked storm. First, when the authorities tell you to
evacuate – you pack up and leave! If you
are in a harmful or difficult situation in life and God nudges you to make a
big change to save your sanity or your family’s circumstances, then listen,
pack up and leave. Second, be
prepared! We all know the storms of life
are coming. Whether you are in the midst
of a storm, dealing with the aftermath or heading into the next downpour, you
can do a few things to make the journey a bit easier. You can heed the advice of trusted friends
and family members who can speak from past experiences. You can read books, watch shows, attend
classes, and take action regarding your specific circumstances to prepare,
prevent and be productive when your storm strikes. And finally, you can lean on
the one who created you, who knows your storms and when they are coming, and
who can be ultimately trusted with your life.
Just ask God to help. After all,
He alone is the one who has calmed the storms in the past and is fully capable
of calming any storm in your life in the future as well.
FIRE! Create emergency plans this week.
Work on putting together a plastic tote with things like water, flashlights,
batteries, non-perishable food, etc. Then
prepare for your personal storms by putting together a support system of
trusted friends and daily prayers. By
preparing for both storms, you are setting yourself up for success when the
next storm decides to strike.