Sunday, August 21, 2016

STORM ALERT: TAKE COVER!

I was deathly afraid of tornadoes as a child. 
I remember staring at a newspaper clipping of a dark, ghastly-looking funnel cloud that my science teacher had on the wall.  It looked terrifying, like a scene from an old horror flick. 
If the sky cloud up with dark clouds, I instantly thought, "TORNADO."  Whenever I heard the local meteorologist mention "Tornado Watch" or "Tornado Warning" for our county or city, I would head to the basement.  There was no "oh maybe it will pass over" or "I'll just wait until I actually see a funnel before I retreat."  There was no consideration for the possibility of the storm passing over.  I heard TORNADO and I acted like it had hit my block.  I would take cover with absolutely no hesitation.  I was just that afraid.



According to the National Weather Service, a tornado is "a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year."  I remember my science teacher describing a tornado as "hot air colliding with cold air."  Hot and cold creates confusion and could ultimately cause death and destruction.
So, if storm cells are brewing on the radar, meteorologists often instruct viewers to take certain safety precautions like:
TAKE COVER.  Seek shelter immediately!
Stay away from windows. 
Go to the LOWEST part of your home/building.  If there's no basement, go to the CENTER of an interior room, like a closet.


QUESTION:  How do we react when the storms of LIFE appear on our radar?  Do we complain?  Do we run to the ark of safety, that being Christ Jesus?  There are many passages in Scripture that compares God to being our place of safety and refuge.  We can retreat to Him during those terrible times when fiery trials (hot air) and stagnation, no growth, no fruition (cold air) collides.  We don't run to Jesus because we are afraid of the storm; we run to Jesus because we know that in HIM, there's safety. His name alone is our fortress. 

"Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year."  Trials and tribulations do not abide by a clock or calendar, and they CERTAINLY do not focus on a particular region.  Life happens, at any moment.  A week ago, I found out about the EXTREMELY unexpected and untimely death of a loved one.  Talk about mind blowing!  I think everyone who knew this individual was incredibly shocked and lingered in a state of disbelief.  Although terribly sad, death is a part of life.  So, when life happens, what do we do?

TAKE COVER.  Seek shelter immediately!
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
Now, that is mighty powerful; we find safety not only in Him, but also in HIS NAME.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:1-2
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61:3
That is our TAKE COVER mode.  We seek shelter in Him for He is our stability.  Everything else is counted as "sinking sand."  God and His Word shall stand and stand STRONG!

Stay away from windows.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding
(Proverbs 4:7).  Understand this: a window is an open space of opportunity.  Being in the open space of a tornado, or knowingly placing yourself in a position of opportunity to be attacked is not wise (Example: snake handling in churches).  If you know danger is approaching, retreat to a place of safety.  Do not tempt God by placing yourself in harm's way, thinking that you'll be protected.  The Bible is clear; the righteous runneth into it (the name of the LORD-strong tower) and finds safety there!  Not in front of an open opportunity of being destroyed!  Utilize the resources God gives us.  Run to the Source!

Go to the LOWEST part of your home...to the CENTER
The center is a place of stability; it is a principal point.  Sometimes, the storms bombard our lives to serve as a reminder.  We should never become too comfortable with life or our walk with God.  I am using the word "comfortable" in the sense of contentment, being unconcerned, ultimately becoming lackadaisical. 
Life can be basking in a season of peace and joy to where you visit Jesus only on Sundays, and He's pushed to the back for the remainder of the week.  You might glance at the Verse of the Day notification from your YouVersion app, but you won't meditate upon that Scripture and allow it to minister to you.  So, to give you a wake-up-call, God will allow a storm to roll through.  What do you do?  In the natural, we take cover by going to the LOWEST part of the house/building.  Spiritually, the lowest place we need to hit: OUR KNEES.  Go into your War Room, your prayer closet and PRAY. We need to get back to that place of PRAYER, of seeking His face, allowing Him to be the CENTER of our lives, again.

Don't think of the storm as a cruel tactic; take it as an opportunity to seek shelter in the One who first loved us.  There's a storm out, take cover in CHRIST.

Be inspired, be blessed...
Shairon  










For storm safety tips, check out this link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/severeweather/

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