We're in a Tropical Storm right now here in Florida, with enough rain to make you think to build an ark and enough wind to blow you over. Except that in this very minute, it's calm and there is no rain. But when I look at the sky, I know it's just a momentary lapse, and the worst of the storm is yet to come. Okay, truth is that I can't see that from the sky. But the Weather Channel, along with my local news give us the warnings to heed- there may be flooding, tornadoes, downed limbs and power outages. Thankfully they stand in the gap to share how to stay safe instead of us relying on our own instincts which so often fail.
It's really not a big deal though. I've sat through more Hurricanes and Tropical Storms than I can recall, from before I can recall. I've lived in Florida all of my life but two years, and those two years were on the coast of Mississippi where we rode out a few as well. It's just part of life. And in the summer when we have a break from the storms? Wildfires my friends, wildfires. So many that your nostrils burn from the smoke, your eyes water just by opening a window, and you pray that a Tropical Storm will come along to drench us again.
No matter where you live, there are natural forces to be reckoned with though. I can't imagine being startled by the shrill of a unexpected tornado siren in the Midwest. Or being woken by a violent shaking that rattles the walls and leaves you hoping that the earth doesn't open up and swallow you on the West Coast.
I like the storms I'm used to. I know where to turn for information, how to prepare, and how to keep my family safe.
In life I feel the same. I like the trouble I know and fear the unknown. But the really cool thing is that we also have a guide, someone who stands in the gap and helps us and comforts us. No matter what type of storm we face, we don't have to rely on our own knowledge or instincts. In fact, when we do is when we get into the real danger. It's such a comfort to know that God is more reliable and knowledgeable than the Weather Channel, and more prepared to deal with disaster than the Red Cross.
There's no need to have all the answers, just to know where to get them.
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