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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Calm Before the Storm

by Macy Johnson
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
(Exodus 14:14 NIV)

All was calm….

Our Tennessee family steered their packed SUV up our driveway early one Sunday morning for their eight-hour trip home. Everything, including the weather, had cooperated during their stay.

That Saturday afternoon an impending thunderstorm loomed in the distance. I hastily guided my pontoon boat onto the lift to watch the sun unpredictably break through the clouds, disperse the storm, and invite us to jump in the water to cool off.

My family’s visit was perfect. A success! No accidents, no illnesses, no mishaps. Even my cousin’s childhood friend navigated through two hours of Atlanta traffic to spend the day with her BFF.

“Life is too good,” I thought as I turned to walk into the house. “When is the other shoe going to drop?” Gremlins in the recesses of my mind haunted me, “This can’t be true. You don’t deserve this peace. Where is the turmoil, stress, evil that should be lurking at your door?”

Sound familiar? Are you guilty, too? Why do we let our thoughts of dread tarnish good times? Why can’t we relax and thank our Heavenly Father for all His amazing blessings right now? No one can accurately predict when storms will hit, so why spoil fun in the meantime? Why look for what might be “waiting in the wings?”

God promised to prepare us for all that lies ahead, mountain and valley, calm and storm. As a loving Father, He directs us to be still and watch Him fight the battles.

I will breathe, relax, and trust God today while I enjoy the calm, equipped to face any storm! I hope you will, too!

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