A huge storm system hit my area last night, claiming the lives of two people.
I was up late, watching some results of a contest I entered.
As I watched the Facebook photos roll in of scary-big hail and overturned vehicles, I turned to Psalm 18, the psalm which carried me through so many hard times in the past.
In a storm, you seek shelter. You seek security, protection, and hope.
God will provide for you in every storm you face, whether it’s an actual tornado or an emotional wreck.
I read the first verses of Psalm 18 aloud, crafting them into a prayer for my friends and family members just to the north of here. All those people pelted by three-inch hailstones. All those huddled in their basements (thank God for basements!). All those people worried sick about loved ones.
I clung to Psalm 18 again at 4:00 a.m., when the sound of high winds whipped me awake. My husband and I jumped out of bed, gathered up the kiddos, and rushed to the basement. We listened intently for that signature train sound that precedes a tornado. As my heart beat faster, I closed my eyes and prayed, “Lord, protect us. You are our protection. You are our safe place.”
The train sound never came. The 70 mile-per-hour winds finally died down. It’s still dark at 6:08 a.m. as I write this. Daylight will reveal fallen limbs and tossed debris.
The daylight will also reveal God’s faithfulness. In almost 13 years of living in the woods, not once has a tree fallen on our home. Tree branches crashed around us in the 2008 ice storms, but not a one touched our home. A large tree toppled in our garden a few years ago, but never hit our house. God is faithful. He will continue to be faithful, even if a tree hits our home in the future. Even if a tornado strikes my little corner of Missouri, I will trust in God’s protection, provision, and shelter.
I will pray for those in the line of this storm system. Will you join me in praying Psalm 18 for those people today?
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