I woke up. In my favorite chair. In front of the television. I quickly cleaned my glasses off to see what the latest enticing item was on sale. I watched. I’m not tempted to buy anything this time. Whew!
I hear wind swirling and howling outside the windows. I have not heard wind like this in the four years I’ve been here. A storm is coming?!! I reached for my android phone to confirm it since following different weather alert notifications on Twitter for the past month I was certain I’d find out. I don’t remember hearing any alerts on the phone, though. They usually wake me up. Where is my phone, anyway? Darn it! I left it on the bedside table. But I have to know if a storm is coming. I turned to the local channels. Nope! Nothing there. I turned to the weather channel. Ok, now we’re getting somewhere. Red line ticker going across the bottom. Thunderstorm Warning! But I still need my phone. I want to know what my local station alert is saying.
By the time I get to my phone the wind is howling worse than before and rain pouring down on my roof in big drops. My phone had zero alerts! What??? I go to the window again, branches swaying, rain blowing across the pavement. Can somebody tell me what’s going on? Is anyone awake at this time of the morning to send out alerts? I was a little irritated, to say the least. I grab my video camera just in case I needed proof. Now, take that!
Ok, finally, I’m getting a notification. The weather person finally woke up to alert us. At least that’s what I thought. I looked. A tweet from @thepioneerwoman says at 4:31am: “I’m up. This is an injustice.” “Yeah, tell me about it”, I pouted out.
Through all this craziness I never lost focus on the power of Jesus’ words in Mark 4:38-39 KJV: “Peace. Be Still”. Jesus spoke those words to the wind and the rain raging on the lake. The disciples had seen Jesus performing miracles earlier that day on land, but now they were in a boat and in fear of drowning. But Jesus was asleep. They woke Him and asked Him to do something. Jesus then asked, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Ever since reading this account and believing in those same three words, “Peace. Be Still”, I would exercise my faith when I’m in a storm. I did not fail to speak those words to the storm before me now.
Only this time, God gave me a gentle reminder that He is always in charge of every situation. And that I can always depend on Him to alert me if there is real danger heading my way. Phones, television, radios are all nice to have but not always dependable. I did not wake up on my own in front of the television in my favorite chair. I never wake up on my own. Selah. I know the divine guidance, the Giver of Life, causes me to wake up and to sleep in peace. I truly love the Lord God for this gentle reminder.
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