and love listening to the rain, but the other night brought severe
thunderstorms with intense cracks of lightning, floor-shaking thunder booms,
and sheets of raining pelting the house. Thankfully we were safely home and not
out driving in it, but we were home alone since my husband is traveling for
The boys and I watched the storm through the windows with interest and
excitement until the lights began to flicker. We raced for flashlights and
candles before the lights went out putting us in complete darkness. The only
light available came from the almost constant lightning and the only noise was
Suddenly, everything became completely still and eerily silent.
And I became very aware that we were seemingly alone with no help. No
electricity, no lights, no Internet or telephone, no way to anyone for help
other than our cell phones, which already had low batteries.
the storm calmed, but we were still in the dark and I
was very aware of being alone. Before panic could take root and our
imaginations could get too far with the infinite list of what-ifs, we turned to
the only true source of comfort and security- the One true
source of help- God who is our very present help in trouble!
reminded me that I was not alone and that I am never alone. My Heavenly Father brought such sweet peace and comfort and all fear of being alone left me, and anyone who knows me well, knows what a big deal that is! The boys and I had a fun time just talking for a little while and then we decided to go to bed early since it was dark anyway.
We took our main source of light with us (because He never leaves us!) and also our flashlights and calmly and without fear, laid down to sleep, trusting God to keep us safe. Within just a few short minutes, the power came on and we knew the storm was over!
us! He is a Holy God and could condemn us eternally for our sin- each and every
one- yet He gives us a way to be washed clean and forgiven. And He doesn’t stop
there! Once we accept His gift of life, He continues to bless us with more than
we can ever ask for or even imagine- peace in the storm, joy in the pain, and
strength to face every moment with courage and victory!
grew deeper that night and I am thankful God allowed the storm and the power to
go out so that I could trust Him and lean on Him completely! I am also grateful
He let the power come back on! 🙂
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)