Wind

It’s been windy here in Florida over the past few days.  Palm trees bending and ocean waves churning thanks to a brush from Hurricane Sandy.  Not much to worry about, just reminders of being close to a Really Big Storm.

But that Really Big Storm won’t just be close to the northeast part of our country.  The part of the country where an awful lot of people I care about live.  Looks like they will get the wind and the rain and the floods.  And there is a lot of worry and concern and fretting.  Even on my end.

And then I remembered.

I remembered who controls the wind and the rain.  I don’t understand God’s ways, why He lets things like hurricanes and storms simply brush some areas and slam others, why some of us get to watch storms on TV from the comfort of our living rooms while others huddle in dark houses as the elements beat against the windows.

But I don’t have to “get” God’s ways.  I only have to trust Him.  On the blue-sky days, and on the dark-sky days and all the days in between.

All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control

Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child

(from a song by Scott Krippayne – “Sometimes He Calms The Storm”)

For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.  Psalm 107:25

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:26

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.  Psalm 89:9

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