Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Until the Storm Passes Over

Last night as I drifted off to sleep, a storm raged outside my window. I awoke around midnight to a roaring wind that ripped through the trees on the west side of our house. The blasts pounded the exterior until I wondered if we would sail through the air like the ill-fated Hindenburg.

At times like these I realize my helplessness and run straight into the arms of The One who really is in control. I asked God to send His angels to cover our house, to steady it on its foundation. When the power faltered and and we were without light, fear rose again. I silently prayed to the God who is Light, and whose power never falters.

Lines from the beautiful old hymn, Master, The Tempest is Raging, hummed through my mind as I lay in pitch darkness, waiting for the storm to pass.

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea, or billows or wind or whatever it be. No demon can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies. They all shall sweetly obey Thy will, peace be still, peace be still.

At 2. a.m a calm settled over our little piece of the world. Hubby and I fell into a peaceful sleep and awoke to another glorious day, the only damage a few fallen limbs which miraculously missed the house. We rejoiced and praised the One who brought us through the storm once again.

When thou passesth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior. Isaiah 43:2-3


Ginger Simpson said...

There is a lot to be said for putting your trust in the Lord. I'm pretty sure he know my name by now. :)

Laurean Brooks said...

And that's a wonderful feeling, Ginger, to know He knows your name.

Thank you for leaving a comment.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Laurie,
So glad you made it through safely. It seems the storms have a more vicious bite this year, but it is good to lean on the One whose arms are mightier than the storm.

Anne Patrick said...

Glad you didn't receive any major damage, Laurie! Indeed, the Lord does know our names and He is with us every step of the way on our journies.

Miss Mae said...

I saw the horrible red radar in your area, Laurie, and you were in my thoughts! So relieved that you came through unscathed. I know what you mean -- these storms have been vindictive this year, and I get "skeered" too!

Without our heavenly Father's watchful care, where would any of us be? :)

Laurean Brooks said...

Rebecca, thanks for dropping by. I hope those nasty storms aren't headed your way.

I wondered how you fared through the ones last week. Pssst! I said a little prayer for you.

Laurean Brooks said...

Anne, Indeed He is. We couldn't make it without Him.

I'm glad God knows us personally. That makes us special.

Thank you for visiting.

Laurean Brooks said...

Miss Mae, I appreciate your prayers. You've been on my mind today. It looked like that line of thunderheads was headed straight for north Georgia.

Stay safe, and I will be praying.

Thank you for coming by.

Donna B said...

What a blessing that He kept you safe and gave you the peace to be able to sleep. God is good. May He continue to keep you safe.

Danielle Thorne said...

Laurie, how did you know my favorite hymn. Master the Tempest is Raging comes to my mind and lips whenever my heart is carried away with fear. I'm so glad your home was protected and you all were safe. Thx for sharing.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Laurie,
What a wonderful post to remind us that we can turn to God in all of the storms of our lives. I'm glad that your little corner of the world remained undamaged except for the tree limbs. And that you and hubby are enjoying a beautiful day.

Laurean Brooks said...

Danielle, That is a wonderful hymn. I love the way it builds to a crescendo.

I believe God brought it to my mind the same way, a decade before, he brought the words to "Master Of The Storm" to reverberate before I was caught in a tornado, driving home from my mothers'.

Laurean Brooks said...

Hi Gail,

God did protect us through the storm and He gave us a glorious day afterward.

Today we realized we did experience a tornado when we found our antennae completely bent in an "L" shape over our roof.

We haven't used the antennae for years, since connecting to Dish Network. Otherwise, we'd noticed it sooner.

Our theory? The tornado rose just above our roof, barely missing the house. Wow! Ain't God the Greatest!

Laurean Brooks said...

Donna, Yes, He kept us safe. God is a good God. The bent antennae rod told us He was watching over.

Thanks for dropping by.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

"Master, The Tempest is Raging" is my father's favorite hymn. I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You have great faith, Lauri.