I wrote this in my Journey Notes over a year ago when a hurricane was bearing down on our community. I share it in the hope that it will encourage you as it did me this morning.
“When storms bear down:“Be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
Remember . . . do not forget . . . teach your children and grandchildren about God’s faithfulness. Lord, thank You for these reminders to remember and never lose sight of the miracles large and small that I have seen:
The miracle of a changed heart that would have turned to stone if you had not stepped in.
- The miracle of three amazing children who love and serve You. What a joy to see them care for their children and spouses as they honor You.
- The blessing of a marriage that has weathered many challenges and served to strengthen our commitment to each other and to You.
- The miracle of changed lives through Counseling–Your Spirit and Your Word are sufficient to convict and cleanse the repentant heart to make it whole.
Yes Lord . . . I will remember these things and many more!”
My praises for that day were:
- Haven’t lost power
- Marshall (my husband) is home.
- Joy in Your Presence
The sad thing is that on clear, sunny days I forget the blessings cherished in those tougher seasons. I get sloppily complacent in my day-to-day living as I take God’s presence and provision for granted. I hate that about myself but do I hate it enough to change–or to be changed?“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Storms that bear down can be good because they heighten our awareness of our frailty . . . our vulnerability . . . our need for protection from on High.Storms that bear down help us keep our priorities straight . . . as we refuse to “sweat the small stuff,” giving thanks that we . . . are not . . . alone . . . ..
Today, the weather forecast is for rain and cloudy skies, colder temperatures but no big storms threaten . . . for now. Should I pray for storms to shed my complacency and guilt? Or, perhaps beat myself up for my failures and life’s unfairness and continue living as if I am alone (even though He is with me?)
What is the key to resolving this dilemma, when storms are no longer bearing down and we have lost our way? I offer this to you, not as a Counselor but as a friend who has failed many times and known God’s faithful forgiveness:
- Prepentance offered on the basis of God’s character rather than focusing on ourselves is the important first step.
- Remember that every day is a spiritual battle and is therefore a storm that bears down one way or another.
- Give thanks to God for the miracles large and small witnessed in the past, as you meet the challenges/storms of each day in His strength and to His Glory.
“Be careful . . . watch yourselves . . . DO NOT FORGET!”
All to His Glory!