Stormy weather warning sign

I can hardly believe it.

Just when I thought hurricane Florence was gone for good—news reports now say it’s reforming and threatening to bring further misery and devastation to the Carolinas.

And isn’t that how the emotional storms of life can be too? They keep circling around. It’s been said, and I’ve found it to be true, that you’re either in a storm, have just come out of one, or are headed for another.

None of us likes to think about that. None of us likes to believewe’ll ever be caught up in a crisis—that anything bad will ever happen to us. Then it does. And in a moment, everything changes, and we’re left struggling to understand the pain that life brings.

It happened again just today, when without warning, my friend’shusband left their kitchen in an ambulance. He won’t be returning… Yesterday he sang “Jesus Loves Me” with the choir, and this morning his wife is left feeling like the writer of Psalm55.

“My heart is in anguish within me;

The terrors of death have fallen on me.

Fear and trembling have beset me

Horror has overwhelmed me…

“Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!

I would fly away and be at rest.”

But she can’t fly away—can she? None of us can.

When the storms of life hit, all we can do is hang on tight, andlike my friend and the psalmist, cry out to God knowing He hears our prayers.

“Evening, morning and noon

I cry out in distress,

And he hears my voice.

The great evangelist, Billy Graham, said it well when he asked how prepared we were for the storms of life.

“…how do we know we’ll have a “last minute”? A sudden accident… an unexpected heart attack… a slow dulling of our mental abilities — these and a hundred other things could keep us from turning to Christ. If you’ve never committed your life to Christ I urge you to do so today, before it’s too late. The Bible says, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).”

How well prepared are you for the inevitable stormy weather ahead?

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