Rain drops falling onto the rooftop. Water pouring out of the gutter. Droplets on the windowpane. Things I once loved about rainy weather.
Now storms frequently make me feel uncomfortable.
It’s the uncertainty of what’s hidden within the walls of the storm that I do not like.
It was back in the late ’90s that I began to find myself no longer comforted by rain and wind.
My husband has always been interested in the weather. He is a commercial fisherman and boat captain, thus one can certainly understand his fascination with atmospheric conditions.
Whether it’s a rain storm, thunderstorm, or even a hurricane you will most likely find Wade in one of three places; outside checking out the weather, watching the reports on TV, or at the windowpane taking it all in.
Outside was where he was 10+ years ago. It was almost midnight. The heavens were bright green. Having never seen the sky quite this color Wade invited our sons to join him.
Meanwhile the TV Tornado Weather Alert changed from Watch to Warning. Back then storm tracking was not nearly as sophisticated as today’s technology; however, we knew, the statement of “Warning” should be taken seriously. I immediately ran outside to retrieve my family who was standing in front of the carport.
Indeed the sky was fascinating…a green hue that I still find difficult to describe. For some reason the Green Lantern comic book character always comes to mind…that bright green shade. As I tried to herd the family into the house, the barometric pressure changed significantly and it became eerily quiet.
We all knew it was time to run inside.
A few minutes passed, nothing happened and Wade headed to bed.
A transformer blew, the lights went out, and what sounded like a train was heading toward our house.
Our high school sons and myself were in one room, while Wade was on the other side of the wall. The three of us were lined up on the floor like we were playing duck-duck-goose. Brian was praying at the top of his lungs, asking God to keep us safe. Jacob was calling out for our dog. I was instructing everyone to just keep their heads down. Wade was asking if we were okay. It seemed to last forever, when in actuality it was only moments.
We were very fortunate. Others in our community lost their lives. We only lost the newly replaced carport that was attached to our garage. The boat it covered was not touched. A tree nearby was uprooted and landed on all four vehicles in the driveway. The carport landed in the front yard on the opposite side of the house…in a multitude of pieces.
Slowly neighbors ventured outside and Wade ensured none were injured. Soon a Fire Department truck was creeping down our street. They stopped in front of each house, shined a spot light on the home, and called out to inquire if there were any injuries. Fortunately on our street the answer was No!
What can we learn from my family’s actions?
Brian’s Action: Seeking God
Jacob’s Action: Ensuring those who cannot care for themselves are safe
My Action: Caring for immediate family
Wade’s Action: Caring for community.
Since the tornado hit our house I have worked in Missouri during a very active tornado season. – NOT FUN – Plus we have “ridden out” many a hurricane and had to evacuate our home in Florida for several Category 3 storms.
The other night we had bad weather. Pounding rain, high winds, significant lightening…a powerful storm. Memories of the tornado flashed before my mind.
Logically I knew I was okay, but still I found myself becoming a little anxious.
Rain drops…wind…”Is all okay?”
Yes, all was okay. I found comfort in holding my husband’s hand. I found peace in prayer.
When we are in the midst of a storm…one of real weather or a life situation comfort is found when we call out to our heavenly Father and when we seek godly counsel. God will give us the ability to endure. Godly friends and advisors can provide us with guidance.
1 Corinthians 12:28 tells us that the ability to provide godly guidance is a gift from God. Seek out wisdom.
The rain drops of life may still cause you concern, but burrow down into God’s boundless love. He will provide you shelter IN THE STORM. I am not saying there will be no storms…but God will be your safe haven if you allow Him.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9 (NIV)
I wish I could say that I no longer find rain and wind to cause me concern. But they still do. My only choice is to call out to God our Father; to thank Him for covering me with His wing…and to be thankful for my husband’s comforting words in the midst of my many storms.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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