By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Tired of hearing about hurricanes?
I’m sure folks in the path of the storms sure are. I know I am. Those of us who live in hurricane prone areas know hurricane season runs from June through November, with September starting peak season. We know that. And each year we keep our eyes on anything that forms off the west coast of Africa and in the Gulf of Mexico.
We just do.
But as I thought about how destructive hurricanes can be, my thoughts turned to how destructive the hurricanes in each of our individual lives can be. You know; the things we struggle with on a regular basis just as sure as we struggle with weather events.
Relationship problems. Financial worries. Family issues. Addictions that flood our lives and leave our homes wreaked. We all don’t face the same storms, but we all face storms, do we not?
Maybe our storms crop up in certain situations or seasons, much like the storms off the coast of Africa.
Family gatherings. Work get togethers. Unexpected expenses. These are what I call unpredictable predictables. We may not know when the storm will hit or how devastating it will be, but we know the storm clouds are forming.
So just as preparations need to be made long before a hurricane makes landfall, preparations need to be made long before we encounter the events we know are destructive to the extent we are able.
Maybe the best way to deal with the inevitable hurricanes of life is to do a little prep work.
Stock up on the essentials. Faithful friends, sound Biblical knowledge, teachable spirit to learn the lessons God wants us to learn from the storm, humility to admit when we’re wrong. Add your own essentials here. _____________
Gather information from reliable sources, assess whether we need to evacuate, then make the correct decision.
Leave those toxic situations that flood our very being with unhealthy habits and thoughts. Work through those that don’t.
Monitor the situation. Keep in close contact with God. Stay vigilant. Have accountability partners and prayer warriors nearby at all times.
We shouldn’t wait until the rain pours into our home to prepare for the storms of life. The time to prepare is before they become an issue. Pray up. Stay connected to God and his people. Be willing to ask for help, and be willing to help when asked.
So how do you prep for the storms of life?
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When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
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The lyrics aren’t completely accurate in the video around 1:40 … here’s how it should read:
they say if the storm keeps coming
and if the water keeps rising
and if the levee starts caving
then we’re sure to quit
Oh but I know that you won’t let me go
Lord I know you’ll keep me from this storm