In The Eye of the Storm

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God is our refuge and strength.  A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  Selah.  Psalm 46:1-3

I didn't have to go searching for these words.  They found me.  They were waiting in my daily reading schedule.  How could I help but connect them to what is happening in our country today?

Last night Sandy made landfall.  (I'm writing this on Tuesday for those who get the email devotionals - they are a day behind the actual posting.)

We've had earthquakes to the west.  Sandy to the east.  Tsunami warnings in the Pacific.  The effects of these events are so widespread!  Who would think that a hurricane on the East Coast could cause towering waves in Lake Michigan that threaten the Chicago lakeshore - and even the Dunes area of Indiana where I live? (We are on safe high ground.)

The is much to be afraid of as power goes out, food becomes scarce, backup generators fail in hospitals.

We take so much for granted when everything works as it should.  

I think there is a tendency to blame God when nature erupts this way.  

Yet, it is pretty clear that floods and earthquakes and disasters will happen.

It is also clear that God promises to be with us.  He is the one we can go to in times like these.  Even during the worst of events, we can hide in Him.  We can get our strength to go on through Him.

The next days - weeks - perhaps months will not be easy ones for our country.  

Yet, we can continue to put our trust in God that He will be there with us - no matter what is happening around us - or to us.

Earthquakes.

Hurricanes.

Tsunamis.

Floods.

Illnesses.

Untold challenges.

God IS our refuge and our strength.

He is our ever present help.

Father God, I pray today for each person impacted by the forces of nature that have overtaken our country today.  I pray that they see Your refuge, Your strength, Your help in the days to come.  And even as we take our lives for granted when they run smoothly, help us to realize that we might also be taking You for granted - until the days when we need You.  Thank you for being there and not turning Your face away from us when we finally realize that it is You we need. Amen and amen.

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