"So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."  Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

The storms of life rage around us, for life is not calm, calculated and predictable. We can read about what might happen currently, but no one really knows. This made me think back to an unpredictable unexpected storm that my daughter and I were caught in a few years ago.

This is the story:

  Without warning lightning bolts ignited through the sky, for the beautiful day turned dangerous within a couple of minutes. In fear and helplessness, we were caught outside surrounded by water. I said a prayer.  Yet instead of the storm easing up, it erupted with deafening thunder and threatening lightning bolts. After about ten minutes. I thought, “How can I protect my daughter in this storm?" I realized, I couldn't, God must.

The storm was right above us. Lightning hit objects around us.

During this half hour, I have never felt so helpless and in an odd way- secure. I knew life was totally out of my control and God’s shield was my hope for my daughter, our friends, and I.  Later in the evening, I was shaky, for the “what ifs” taunted my mind.

*Why do I let worry torment me when God is in control?
*Why was this visible storm so easy to ask God to shield-do I ask Him for help when the invisible storm rages?
*Did I ask Him for help, because I realized He was the only option for hope, for protection, and help.

There was no way for me to work harder to fix this storm and I couldn’t manipulate the storm.  I was solely reliant on the Maker and Calmer of the storm. 

We can ask ourselves:

*What storms am I facing because of this virus?
*What if I gave God all my storms?
*What if I gave God all of those thoughts in my head that feel too big for me?

In giving Him our storms, we can greet life with peacefulness.

Jesus,
Please shield my family and I from the storm raging around us. Help me to choose to look to You and Your might, instead of the storm.  In Jesus name

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