The explosion of light echoed across the sky and triggered a myriad of sirens along its course.  Pellets of frozen rain crashed against the window pane with staccato rhythm.  Moments later, the car alarms faded and the hiss of falling rain crescendoed in the symphony of the storm.

The idea of enjoying a storm might seem paradoxical, but there is something serene, even romantic, about being home during the mist of a storm.  The home provides a fortress against the storm’s fury.   Though we might occasionally shudder at the sound of thunder, we find comfort in the security of shelter.  We are dry.  We are warm. We are safe from the elements.

Being unsheltered during a storm, on the other hand, is a different story.  There is nothing peacefully there.  Heavy rainfall can impair visibility while walking or driving.  Lightning strikes can cause fire and charge bodies of water, making commuting difficult.  For these reasons, most advisories usually recommend that individual remain indoors until the storm has subsided.

If being caught in a storm wasn’t bad enough there are actually people who have made careers of chasing storms.  That’s right.  These people actually study weather patterns and reports so that they could be in the midst of the storm.  Crazy huh?

Maybe not!

As I was reflecting on my season of spiritual storms, I started to realize how my spiritual storms paralleled that of actual storms.  Just like in case of an actual storm, the best place to be during a spiritual storm is in the security of shelter.  Under the coverage of shelter, there is protection from the elements.  In the natural realm, our home is protection from the storm.  In the spiritual realm, God is our shield.  Psalm 91:1-4 says,

1. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2. This I declare about the Lord:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

3. For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

4. He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection (NLT).

 

The passage says that anyone who lives in God’s “house” will find rest in Him.  In other words, if we are walking with God and seeking His presence, He will protect us.  He will shelter us from the storm.  Even though the rain might be pouring down and the hail might be beating against the doors of our lives, God will keep us dry, warm and safe.  We just have to rest in His presence.  The problem is, many of us have decided to leave the safety of coverage and venture out into the storm.  There are an even smaller few who haven’t just stumbled into the rain.  They are storm chasers.  They are the ones who go out looking for storms—looking for problems.  Whether we just stagger into the rain or go chasing after storms, the results are the same.  When we get caught in the rain, we become subject to fatigue because we are fighting elements that we might not be equipped to fight.  We become lost because sometimes the darkness of a storm can be so thick that visibility is reduced.  We become sick because we succumb to our environment.  In order to recover, we have to seek shelter.  We have to return to a place of safety where restoration can begin.  Sometimes, the answer to ending our storm is simply stepping out of the rain.

 

Lord,

Today, I pray that we would have the courage to step out of storm and into your house for shelter.  Lord protect us from the elements.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen!

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