All writers know this feeling. I’m sitting at my computer, staring at the blank screen that’s just waiting for words. And…I draw a blank. What to write?
And then I look out the window. While we won’t be feeling the brunt of the storm, we are still getting plenty of wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac. Earlier, we walked out to the end of our street and stood for a while, watching the waves crashing on the beach. A pier to our right appears to have no legs, and the water will probably cover more of it by tonight. For this hurricane, we’re sticking around. And yet, almost exactly seven years ago, we were evacuating from Hurricane Katrina, a familiar name to most.
But there are some storms in life that we just can’t run from. What do we do then?
God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1, GNT)
Some storms in life–sickness, depression, brokenness–stay with us in most of the places we run to. The fact is this: God is the only One who can heal, restore, and renew (Psalm 23:3, Psalm 147:3). He can handle anything, and He will never leave you.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
God is our Protector, our Shield. When we are in His arms, we don’t have to be afraid. And you can rest assured that, if you are in His family, He will never leave you, never forsake you.
The second verse of Addison Road‘s song Hope Now has been on my mind as I write this. Take a look:
And when my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I’ll be okay
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm.
Whatever you’re facing in life, remember that God is with you. And if you haven’t allowed Him into your life yet, do so now. He loves you more than anything, and He wants what’s best for you. Don’t push Him away.
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