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IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM: HURRICANE IRMA
Just dropping in to check on you and see how you are faring with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. I’m not sure if the recent weather has impacted you. If so, it is my prayer that you are receiving the support and prayers needed to move forward in your situation.
I’m thankful. My family and area suffered but not as much as the families and residents of South Florida and the Caribbean Islands as well as the families of Houston, Texas. My heart and prayers go out to the residents of these areas so heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
The Power of Compassion
God has moved through so many individuals who are serving their communities and beyond. It reminds me of the words of Pastor David Crosby in his book, The Care Effect: Unleashing the Power of Compassion,God often speaks His most powerful word in the midst of the storm. Pastor David Crosby Click To Tweet
Pastor Crosby and his church mobilized over 21,000 volunteers after Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans devastated. It’s no coincidence that I began reading Pastor Crosby’s book the week before Hurricane Irma plowed through my home state of Florida.
Peace in the Storm
The morning before Hurricane Irma was to hit Central Florida, I opened my devotional and read these words, “Peace in the Storm. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.” Romans 15:13.
The passage on this particular day was written by Billy Graham. He shared the story of Jesus and the disciples on the Sea of Galilee.
One night, Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee as a violent storm came upon them. Jesus was resting peacefully while the disciples became anxious due to the turbulent weather. Alarmed by the storm, they woke Jesus to question his concern for them in the midst of the storm. Jesus then spoke to the wind and said, “Quiet, Be Still!” The wind completely died down, and the seas were calm. He then looked at the disciples and inquired,
“Why are you so fearful? How is that you have no faith?” Mark 4:40 (MEV)
His Words Calmed the Seas and His Words Will Calm Us
I reflected on His words throughout the day as we prepared and waited for Hurricane Irma to make her appearance. The waiting was tense. Into the evening, we discovered Hurricane Irma had drifted to the east. It was apparent the eye of the hurricane would travel over our community. Feeling much like the disciples in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, I began to fret silently. After spending time (and energy) agonizing over the situation, I took a few moments to be still and reminded myself of His words and His promises. I sat alone in the quiet, stillness surrounded me as I focused on His promises, and soon the peace came over me.
Go to Your Safe Place
As Billy Graham noted, we will face many different types of storms in our life. It is our response to these storms that will define us. In preparation for Hurricane Irma, we went to our safe place to wait out the storm. As the storms of life surround you, I encourage you to go to your safe place and remember,“In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.” Psalm 86:7 (MEV) Click To Tweet
My Heart and Prayers are with You
God blessed us with minimal damage to our home and business. Unfortunately, our area and the state of Florida along with the Caribbean Islands suffered severe damage from the impact of Hurricane Irma. Locally, a young man is in critical condition due to a tree falling on the family’s home, a family is displaced due to the loss of their home, and many others are in need.
Please keep all restoration efforts in your prayers. If you and your family suffered the impact of Hurricane Irma, please let me know how I may pray for you or share your needs. My heart and prayers are with you.
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (MEV)