a storm named Sandy

Isn’t funny how it so often happens like this?  Just yesterday I was thinking about hurricane season coming to a close next month, and we have fared pretty well on the east coast.  But, I awaken this morning to the news that the tropical system in the Atlantic is now causing some speculation that we could be in for a perfect storm scenario.

Did you see the movie by that title?  A perfect storm wreaks havoc as a result of a nor’easter colliding with a tropical storm or hurricane.  Either of those storms alone brings with it the potential for major winds, flooding, property damage and loss of life.  Put the two together, and everything intensifies.

So, I have some concerns that are valid.  First, we have been planning for one month to go the the Outer Banks of North Carolina this weekend on a retreat with other leaders and students.  Twenty-eight of us cannot be cooped up in a beach house for two nights; therefore, we need the weather to cooperate with our outside adventure plans!  Then, there is the whole safety issue with our travel home Sunday morning.

I’ve lost count of the number of times that my get-aways to OBX have been complicated by tropical weather!  It’s a joke with all of our friends.  But mark this day!  For the first time, I am not going to be preoccupied one minute with the “what if’s.”  My God allows storms and quiets storms, and I am putting my complete trust in Him for a carefree weekend full of fun for all!  In fact, since I have presented my request to the Lord, I know that I can now begin thanking Him for the provision and protection of all who would have been in harm’s way.  I’m going to look ahead several days and proclaim in faith, “If the Lord had not been on our side… the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.  Praise be to the Lord… We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare… our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”  (Psalm 124).

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