A Prayer in the Storm

 

No matter what you face today, our God is bigger. He's still on the throne and in control of every detail. We know that Jesus calmed the storm with his voice with just three words, "Peace. Be still." Don't you wonder whether he shouted or got excited or raised his hands? I have this little feeling he didn't. The Bible doesn't tell us, but I have a feeling he was just as calm as could be and maybe even whispered, as a mother soothing her baby, "Peace. Be still."

I can hardly bear to see the images and videos of the aftermath. I felt the words to a prayer in the storm.

Last week Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston, TX and the destruction is still being discovered. I can’t wrap my head around what it must have been like to be on the rooftop with your babies. Would anyone come to save us? When would the rain stop? I feel confident that in that situation, your mind zooms in on what really matters in life. And you clutch your loved ones as tight as you possibly can.

Today I looked ahead to the weather forecast as I have friends and family in Florida, preparing for the worst. Many are boarding up and then leaving, hoping for something to remain when they return. I can’t imagine their thoughts and feelings. I try. But I’m certain that I come up short.

While I’ve not witnessed severe hurricanes, and though I’ve tracked tornado winds from my basement, the worst storms of life rage all around, sometimes unseen and unnoticed. It’s not until the damage has been done that we realize the severity of the storm. Whether emotional, spiritual, or physical, the storms of life rage and wreak havoc. But there’s the Master of the storm. Thank you, Jesus.

Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith! Why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!” Matthew 8:23-27

 

No matter what you face today, our God is bigger. He’s still on the throne and in control of every detail. We know that Jesus calmed the storm with his voice with just three words, “Peace. Be still.” Don’t you wonder whether he shouted or got excited or raised his hands? I have this little feeling he didn’t. The Bible doesn’t tell us, but I have a feeling he was just as calm as could be and maybe even whispered, as a mother soothing her baby, “Peace. Be still.”

I’m calling out to the Master of the sea today. Feel free to use a prayer for the storm as your own.

A Prayer in the Storm

Dear Father,

When I listen to your majestic voice in nature,
My heart trembles.
Who can understand the wonder of your ways?
Your breath alone gives life
And the clouds fulfill your commands.
You guide the winds and waves;
Your power is too great to fathom.
Whether for correction, or love, or your land,
You hold the storm in your hand.
And now I ask you, Jesus,
To calm the storm in your name.
May my heart trust you in all things;
May my mind believe in your will.
No matter the situation ahead,
Let my soul experience
“Peace. Be still.”
Amen.

By his grace,
Rachel

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10 Comments

  1. Chantelle says:

    I feel for you Lori. My husband collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in July. They took too long to resuscitate him, and his brain got damaged. He never woke up. Passed away a month later. He was only 45. I ask myself whether I would still want him with me, like your husband, or if God took him from me because that’s what was right for me. I believe that God has a plan for all of us, and He will get us through the path that He has laid out for us. Keep praying, He does answer prayer. Be strong and courageous.

    1. Oh, my dear Chantelle! I grieve with you. I often wonder how things would be different if the Lord had taken my husband that night. That is what the neurosurgeon actually expected and bluntly told me so right before surgery. But, God had and has other plans. My husband was known in Neuro ICU as the ‘Miracle Man.’ Even after a relapse after rehab of hydrocephalus and aspiration pneumonia, he still miraculously came through. So, I truly am amazed and grateful. But, like you, I do wonder what life would have looked like had the outcome been different. I am sure you have had to become intimate with ‘strong and courageous.’ I am praying for you and your family.

  2. The storm is absolutely overwhelming right now for me. My husband had a hemorrhagic stroke in June. He is home now and full care. The days and nights are long and unending. He has made such progress and for that I am so grateful. But my soulmate of 33 years can’t have a conversation with me. He has no bowel and bladder control. This so active, strong man of God is just a whisper of who he was. I believe in his total restoration, but the waiting and serving are wearying. Today was particularly hard. His company is terminating him at the end of the month and he has no idea. He poured himself into that company, for what? Our 22yo son is working 2 jobs to support me and my 19yo (who put off college to be home and be my muscle) and my 12yo until we hear if disability will come through. It is a hard storm. Looking for the peace in the midst of it. How do you do it, Rachel?

    1. Lori,
      I will keep you and your precious family in my prayers . I too have watched a big strong man become a “whisper “. Don’t take your eyes (heart ) off Jesus. He will get you through this storm. God Bless You my sister in Christ. I will be adding you to Our prayer ministry prayers at my church and my daily prayers.

      1. Thank you, Mary. I so appreciate the prayers! God bless you.

    2. Lori,
      Praying for your strength and encouragement as well as the continuous improvement of your husband’s health. I do not know why we are given the paths we have to walk here on earth, but I admire your and your families faith and commitment. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
      ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
      http://bible.com/111/2co.1.3-4.niv

      1. Thank you, Krista. Awesome verse!

    3. oh Lori, my heart aches for you. When you see me saying that I rely on the Lord for every step, I truly mean it. There is no other way. Every breath is a prayer and when I feel myself straying for total reliance on the Lord, I hurry back to his arms and his heart. My prayers are with you today!!

      1. Thank you, Rachel. Yes, I can understand that ‘every breath is a prayer.’ I have to say, this whole event has drawn me closer to the Lord like never before. I appreciate the prayers!

  3. Jeanne Rumbley says:

    Yes, our God is Bigger …….. thank you for this beautiful prayer and your honesty, as always!!
    Mema Jeanne

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