They are predicting storms today. High winds. rain, and a possibility of tornadoes. Don’t misunderstand I love a rainy day, one where I can tuck under a cute umbrella and splash my way to the bakery. But I’m not big on sirens, crashing limbs, and taking refuge in the basement.
I remember peering out our front window years ago when a flash of lightning split the cherry tree in half ten-feet from where I stood. How do you spell “Jump Back?” Could this be one reason why we should NOT stand by windows during storms?
Storms teach us rules like: Don’t take refuge under a tree. Don’t stand near metal buildings or poles. Don’t go near fallen power lines.
Storms in our emotional life teach us lessons as well: Emotions can thunder and arrive lightning-fast. Emotions are not always honest, accurate, or even reasonable. God designed us with a will that is stronger than our feelings so we can overrule faulty emotional information.
And while emotions can be vitally important and enhancing I think I’ll have a siren installed to warn me when I’m about to trust my emotions to think for me. Big mistake. My friend Marilyn succinctly says, “Emotions don’t have brains!” Amen.
Storm clouds in your vicinity? Take refuge in Jesus. Stand on His steady promises. Draw on His enduring strength.