Stormy Weather

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Stormy Weather

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Stormy Weather

Written by Luz Leigh - 15 May 2008

BOOM! The loud clap of thunder brought me from a sound sleep to a rude awakening. I realized that the predicted bad weather had arrived in my area. The lightning was flashing almost constantly. The thunder rumbled round after round. The rain was coming in torrents. And then I heard the hail. Oh, how glad I was that my little car was safely parked in the barn.

There would have been a time in my life that I would have jumped out of bed and begun pacing through the house. Not so last night. I have finally learned to turn my fear over to the Lord and ask for His protection. From memory I quoted as many scriptures as I could. Mostly it was Psalm 56:3-4a. "When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid."

I turned on the television, chose a local station to watch for any news on the progress of the storm. That was a relaxing thing, but it didn't last long. Suddenly, the sound was gone, the screen was blank and every electrical appliance in the house came to a sudden stop. We had lost electrical power. The lighted digital clock was just a little box sitting there; the familiar hum of the air conditioning was silent as a church mouse; the large clock with the sweep second hand in the dining room was now frozen in time. No security or street lights gave any illumination to the dark outdoors.

I knew that there would be emergency crews on the job, even with the terrible weather raging, so I took the time to pray for those men and women ... medical technicians on the ambulances, firefighters, law enforcement officers. Now the men from the electrical service providers would be making their way to their assigned responsibilities to restore our power as quickly as possible. I may have been inconvenienced for a while, but I was safe within my home and protected from the weather.

My thoughts went to the clock in the dining area; each time electrical power is interrupted, that silly clock causes me a little aggravation. You see, once the power is restored, the clock will do this crazy thing ... it will run backwards unless I un-plug it while the power is off. Yeah, I know, sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it really happens. The clock will keep good time, except backwards. So I took my flashlight, made my way through the darkened house (except for the flashes of lightning) to the clock. I unplugged it and knew the hands would move correctly once power was restored.

For what seemed like an eternity, actually less than an hour, I lay in bed and tried to return to sleep. No luck. Now I was wide awake. Finally, I heard the familiar hum of the air conditioner and noticed the flashing of the digital clock. Our power had been restored. Thank you, Lord, for that.

I took the opportunity to read for a short time before going to the computer to see if any of my friends were on line. Found a few, chatted with them for a brief time then tried to sleep. No luck. By now the morning newspaper had been delivered, so I got a jump on the day by reading all the local news.

The storm had passed to the east; only rain was coming down. Finally daylight broke and I could see that all was well in my neighborhood. People were beginning to stir, some preparing for their day jobs; some just preparing for whatever it is they do. I made some mental notes on what I need to accomplish today. After a short prayer of thanksgiving for His watch care, I, too began my day. Another night of stormy weather is past.

In our lives we have "stormy weather" when problems develop; sickness, financial trouble, family disagreements, job related troubles. No matter what the storm is He is there to calm our fears, show us the way and reassure us that all will be well. Psalm 30:5b tells us "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." What a joy to see His blessed sunshine today.

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