As we all know Hurricane Irma just released its presence upon the southern region. The impact this storm had on some areas is unprecedented.
In German the name Irma means war goddess. She definitely brought on a warlike force. Being in the south my daughter and I were impacted by the storm. We were without power for 24 hours. Overall Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were devastating to those in their paths. The flooding and wind damage will leave their mark for a long time to come. For us it wasn’t the rain but it was the wind. When the storm was over it made me think.
Of course this took me to a spiritual place. I know God is speaking to us. I believe that many of us heard Him loud and clear. If we reflect on the storm and what our personal experience was through it you can actually put things in a personal and spiritual perspective.
Remember I said it wasn’t the rain that got us in GA but it was the wind. Well isn’t that how it is when God allows a storm to impact our personal lives. It ain’t one thing it’s another that gets us. You have to look at it this way whatever the storm rains washed out of our lives and whatever the wind blew away it had served its season and purpose in our lives. It was no longer needed and since you were too afraid to let go of what was cluttering your space God stepped in and made room for your blessing. He simply cleaned up what you didn’t have the strength to get rid of and gave you something better. You see your blessings are so big that you have to make room for them sometimes. Some blessings aren’t stackable, they are not a part of a puzzle. Some blessings are a rebirthing, they come after a cleansing. The thing is instead of praising God in our storm we become fearful and hold on to the familiar just that much tighter. Yet it’s in the storm when we should be praising God, we should be giving and sowing seeds.
You see fear and faith can’t inhabit the same space. This reminds me of when Jesus was out on the boat with his disciples and while Jesus was sleeep a storm came up. His disciples were fearful and woke Jesus up in fear they were going to die in the storm. They had Jesus, I mean really Jesus was right there in the physical and yet fear still over took them. Jesus simply spoke and the storm ceased.
We have to keep this scripture in mind when our storm clouds roll in. We need to only speak to the storm with our God given authority and shout with praises for the storm is a prelude to your best blessing yet. So instead of being fearful be faithful, instead of getting perplexed get praise filled, instead of holding on release. Your praise is the vessel to help you ride out your storm.
I’m closing this blog with a song my maternal grandmother used to sing. Ride out your storm in praise!