Yesterday we were experiencing severe weather in our area, high winds, heavy rain and a tornado touched down as well. For safety purposes, I gathered the boys with me into the hallway and I held one under each arm, assuring them that God would protect us and keep us safe during the storm. As I began to share stories with them, I noticed their fears started to calm and eventually their tears turned to laughter. After the storm was over and everything was back to normal, my 5 year old son came into the kitchen and said "Mama, can we do that every time?" I asked if he was talking about sitting together during the storm and he said "Yes". I said "Yes if you want to".
I began to think about what he said and I started comparing the love and care I have for my children to the love our Father has for us. Sometimes the storms of life are scary and overwhelming, we know we can't run from them, we must go through them; yet, He is always available to take us under His arms and assure us of our safety, calming our innermost fears. It is actually during times like this that we are able to depend completely upon God, knowing He is our refuge and a very present help. Just as I assured my little one that we could sit the storms out together, we too have the same assurance from the Father.
In Isaiah 43:2 The Lord says "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the LORD your God 5 Fear not, for I am with you.