Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stormy Thoughts

A couple of nights ago there was a bit of a storm here. Our first good thunderstorm of the spring season. Lightning split the sky and loud thunder followed. As soon as it started I knew the kids would be up. Josh has always been afraid of storms and has spent many windy nights either in our bed or in a sleeping bag on our floor.

So as the wind started and the thunder boomed I was ready. The Hubs and I were downstairs watching one of our favorite shows, and we heard the first cries. I ran upstairs. It was Ellie. I hopped on her bed and pulled her close. It's unusual for her to wake during a storm, but she was afraid. Soon, Josh was at the door. I smiled at him, and he quickly ran to the bed to join the cuddle huddle.

I talked to the kids about how the storm couldn't hurt them, it was outside. That God was protecting them and watching over our house.

Ellie said, "But, it's still scary out there."

I told her how God picks an angel for each person and that angel watches her and keeps her safe.

"But, it's still scary out there."

I reminded them that Daddy and I were just downstairs and soon we would be upstairs in bed, too, close by.

"It's scary out there."

Soon, I knew I just needed to go. To let them try to be courageous on their own. To trust in the words that I told them. A few more reassuring words and hugs later, I left.

As I told this story to some friends last night, one of them mentioned how we often have this same conversation with God. He tells us in His word that he is watching over us, that He has plans for us that are beyond our comprehension and that His power in our lives is a comfort. To trust Him and his will for our lives. To be courageous in His name.

And yet, we say,"But it's still scary out there."

We balk at doing His work, even saying His name to others, and stepping out of our safe zones to reach those who need help.

"It's scary out there."

Yes, it is. But we have the Ultimate Savior.

I've been in my walk with the Lord long enough to know this doesn't mean we won't ever get hurt, feel afraid or make mistakes. But the fact that we are not doing this without His watchful eye...what a comfort, what a blessing.

I'm not very good at doing this, this stepping out, breaking free. But one day I'll be able to say with confidence...Thank God for the Storms.


Dave and Jenni said...

Thank you for this - it's exactly what I needed to hear today.

andrea said...

Good reminder for the day. Thanks for sharing!

Sittintall said...

Good analogy. I know I use that "but.." comment way too often. Have a great day.