Hurricane Stress

I love spaghetti.  I don't love hurricane spaghetti models like this one.  They stress me out.  You think, "Which one is right?"  Then you realize you have better odds in Vegas.

First of all, let me say that as a parent and a long time survivor of hurricanes - these things will stress your kids out.  Do everything that you can to reassure them of their safety.  Let them know what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Keep telling them, "We're going to be ok."  Don't let Chicken Little loose screaming, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"  Their routine is going to be interrupted and that will make them feel insecure.  Assure them that all will return to normal.

But what about you?  How are you dealing with this?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

Here's the problem, you can see a hurricane.  In fact, it will insist that you know it's there.  But you can't see faith.  While the wind is howling your faith has to rise to the occasion.  God is in control.  

48 hours after Hurricane Andrew I traveled to Florida City to inspect the damage.  It was catastrophic.  I didn't find a group of people mourning the loss of their homes.  I found a people praising God for their lives.  Each person I met told me story after story of how God saved them in the middle of the storm.  I remember one house was completely gone, except for a small closet that used to be in the midst of the house.  The owner told me that when everything started to come apart he ran in there are began to pray.  He prayed all night.  When the storm passed and the first light of day dawned he emerged to find his "prayer closet" still intact.  It just stood there as if someone chose to hold it up. 

When the stress comes, pray more.  Jesus is listening.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, protect me and my family and let my faith rise above my fear.  AMEN 

1 comment:

Sayla Buckingham said...

I prayed all day, every day during Harvey, which ended up hitting Houston three times. 1/3 of the more than ten million people here lost everything. My carpet and some of muy sheetrock got wet, but water never rose high enough to flood my apartment. I Praise God for that. All around us flooded, but we stayed relatively dry. Some of our freeways are still under water, but my God is Greater than Any storm we face in our lives...well, I also have alot of people praying that Irma will go back out to sea and dissipate! God is good All the time and All the time Our God is good.