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Ever have one of those weeks where things seem to start falling apart? It is the period where you are almost afraid to pick up the phone, start a new conversation or even go outside because you are fearful more bad news is coming your way. It is the time you feel like you are in a wind tunnel with ridiculously strong winds trying to forceably knock you over. You wonder, ‘how is it possible to have so much destruction around you?” You think if another person dies, gets sick or experiences some sort or catastrophe or new tragedy, then you might just go crazy. In our current economy, people almost seem to expect bad reports; loss of jobs, unpaid bills, negative accounts, inability to purchase gas, canceled health care and insurance policies, etc. With social morales taking a turn toward an acceptance of all kinds of ills, we find that there is an increase in sickness, wars, death and those things which fail to glorify God. But when negativity seems to grow, your faith is being tested. Do you believe in the things you see? Do you believe in the emotions you feel? Or, are you completely steadfast and immovable (I Cor 15:58), only believing in the most high God who is able to care for you during the most chaotic times in your life?
God is able to handle the tornados in your life! Weather reporters would desribe a tornado as a wide column of air that whirls at destructively high speeds. As it approaches you may see a funnel-shaped downward spiraling cloud. From far distances you can see it sweeping into an area with great devastation. It has the power to destroy everything in its path. Therefore, you are told to take cover in an interior room and shield yourself under thick padding. You are warned to seek shelter immediatley as to not be harmed by falling debris. In a spiritual tornado your shelter is God. It is time to move into the secrect place of prayer that protects you from all harm (Psalm 91:1). Your family may be struggling, your finances may be minimal, it is possible that your body is currently racked with pain or that your best friend has died. In addition, your spouse may have gone crazy, your child might have been placed in prison, and you feel like you are in a state of depression. At this moment you might be afraid to move forward because you are expecting more winds, but God has not ordained fear (II Timothy 1:7). When high winds seem to come your way, you must take cover immediately(Psalm 27). You must guard your mind (Philippians 2:5). Put on your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:11) and tell the enemy that you will live and not die. Although tornados have the ability to destroy physical things and cause death tolls to rise, many have lived through them. Because they took cover, they were able to come out when the storm was over. You may experience some light rain or hail after a tornado, but it generally is followed by clear skies and extreme calmness in the atmosphere. Things may be upside down now, but peace is on its way! Devastatingly high winds may be coming to turn your faith upside down, but hold on, extreme joy is right behind it. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Don’t get overwhelmed by looking at the storm. High winds are approaching, but cover yourself in God and look for what follows the storm!