Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Storms

We're having lots of storms here in Arkansas tonight. They "spring" up and bounce around, hitting here and skipping there. I was cooking supper when it got really hot all of a sudden, and ya'll know I'm never hot! I looked out my kitchen window and saw this big black wall cloud. The wind came up and the hail started. In some places in Arkansas it was golf ball sized but on my deck it was more like marbles. A tornado touched down on up the interstate but it missed us, thank goodness. I expect spring storms are pretty much the same everywhere. When you see the clouds and hear the wind and watch chairs being blown across the deck...well, it's really scary. There are lots of times in our lives when we're feeling that same fear over what's happening around us. Maybe someone is sick. Maybe a job is lost. Maybe we're worried about one of our children or one of our friends. Maybe we can't make the mortgage payment or aren't sure if the electric company is going to let us go one more month without turning it off. Maybe we've done something and we're afraid we're going to be found out. Maybe we've hurt our best friend's feelings. And fear creeps in, surrounds us, tries to beat us down. Did you know that the most often given command in the Bible is "Do Not Be Afraid!" God said it. Jesus said it. Over and over it was said in all kinds of situations. Jesus said, "Take courage." He's there, ready to give it to us if we only accept it. Do you need courage today? It's there for the asking.

10 comments:

Lea and her Mustangs said...

I don't much like those kind of storms. We have a thunder boomer once in a while in the summer but not those tornadoe things. Those really worry me.

Marie said...

Love your thoughts in this post Marlene. I have been feeling a bit fearful lately about what the future might hold for Todd and myself. I need to keep remembering that I am encircled by the arms of HIS love daily. If it were not for the storms in life, how could we ever enjoy the "sunny" days. They help to make them all the more precious. xxoo

Connie W said...

Thunder and lightning woke me up during the morning's wee hours, I jumped up and pulled the plug on laptop, Bernina, etc.
Your post is right on. Well said.

Arkansas Patti said...

I was worried about my state shareres to the south. So glad you only got some ice balls. Now if we can just get through Mar, Apr and May with our roofs intack.
Stay safe.

Glenda said...

Beautiful post, Marlene! Glad you were safe from the "physical" storm!

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I'm always nervous during spring because here in Indiana we also get tornadoes. I love everything else about the season except for the onset of storms. And you're right. Fear not applies to all areas of our lives when we live by faith!

Angie said...

I'm glad that tornado didn't quite touch you Marlene. We get stormy weasther occasionally over here but not in quite the extreme that you do.

This was a lovely post.

kimbuktu said...

I love that reminder, "Do not be afraid" I hadn't realized it to be the most repeated command, that is very noteworthy.

Lindah said...

Good reminder about the storms of life and the refuge waiting for us in the Lord.

I am glad you were safe from the tornado!

Devoted said...

I loved finding your site via the Arkansas Women Bloggers site. I look forward to reading more!