Storms of Life
By Cathy Irvin
CBN Staff Writer
- As I sat watching the news and weather from this recent
hurricane “Charlie," I felt the burden for those in
Florida. I felt the presence of the Lord and became teary-eyed
as I thought of the elderly who had lost everything. I watched
as a lady on the TV said with a choked up voice say, "Well
I need to go help my neighbors." She was in the midst of
the devastation of her own home.
Many of the Florida residents thanked God they were alive. One
81 year old woman who weathered out the storm alone said she had
nowhere else to go. All those around her had evacuated the Punta
Gorda mobile park. She felt her home rattle and shake and yet
she was protected. She didn't even know her next door neighbor's
homes were totally destroyed.
The Pastor at my friend’s church felt the burden of the
devastation in Florida and took up collections in the 3 services
to help them. There will be many organizations to come to the
rescue with monetary means and will offer emotional support.
The rebuilding of someone's life is worth the investment. This
has made me think how important it is to have a strong faith,
having our lives built on the solid rock, Jesus. He alone can
give the peace in any storm of life we face.
Although in the Hampton Rhodes area, we did not suffer much damage
since it was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it arrived.
We had winds at about 35 to 45 miles an hour but we were watching
and waiting for limbs to drop off on trees that had been hit by
the last hurricane "Isabelle." In other neighborhoods
they were concerned about areas that could possibly flood. A lady
at church said she had waterfront property and laughed. But all
kidding aside, we were truly blessed. That is for sure.
The causalities amongst those across the East Coast were low
and we can be thankful. Homes can be rebuilt, food and clothing
can be supplied, but the loss of lives cannot be restored.
The reality is this; the most important thing in life is the
souls of people. That is why we invest in helping to educate them
to trust in God and offering our assistance materially whenever
If we have one another and a strong faith in God, we can weather
the storms in life. They may be the day to day trials or a hurricane
that is headed our way.
Weathermen do the best they can to warn people of impending threats
to their communities, but it is not always predictable. These
storms can hit hard when you least expect it. This certainly reminds
me of the devil. He attacks us when we are not aware. We must
be on the alert at all times and put our trust in God. It is He
who holds our future.
We cannot always be prepared for every storm, hurricane or tornado,
but we can have faith in God on a day to day basis. We can be
at peace in the midst of any storms in our lives -- the weather
kind or the attacks from the devil that are trying to destroy
us. Jesus is your rescuer, your deliverer and a high tower.
Jesus spoke to the storms and said "Peace be still."
May we use the authority we have as believers in Christ and speak
to the storms of life in that same way.
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