I Will Praise You In This Storm

I Will Praise You In This Storm

A storm is coming…literally. We have watched and waited. We have listened to the meteorologists make their predictions. We have remembered the last time we “rode out” a hurricane. We have made our preparations. And we wait. We wait to see what this weather will bring and we give thanks to God who promises to be with us in the storm. Here’s the thing. No matter what kind of storm we are going through, there are certain things we should do to be prepared. People waiting on a hurricane make sure they have batteries for flashlights, water, non perishable foods, fuel in their cars, and medicines needed. They also put away anything in their yards that might be thrown about by the winds; some board up their windows; secure their animals, etc. Then we wait. Many fear what might happen. Many fear what will be left when the storm is over. I remember how afraid I was in 1965 during Hurricane Betsy. I was 9 years old and it is something I will never forget. I have never been that afraid since. It’s not because I’ve grown up—it’s because I know my Savior. This doesn’t mean that I don’t watch and wait and pray. Because I certainly do. I am vigilant as we all should be. But, no matter what happens, I continue to praise God. I praise God for our ability to track these storms. I praise God for enough warning that we can prepare. I praise God for a family that heeds the warnings. I praise God for the fact that no matter what happens, life continues. My sister is proof of that. She and her family lost all their material possessions in Hurricane Katrina—but the family was safe. They began again. I praise God for that. So my beloved, if you are in the path of the storm…pray, prepare, and praise God! Fear not, just call out to Jesus and He will calm the storm of fear in your hearts (Mark 4.35-41).

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna M. Young