Monday, November 3, 2008


There is a weather alert radio in my office that issues a warning when severe weather approaches the area. The system is tested on a weekly basis, causing the radio to emit a series of very loud beeps. The test is always on Wednesday, it is always between 11:00-11:30 a.m., and I am always surprised. Go figure.

Like the radio test that startles me every Wednesday, we are sometimes surprised by the storms that occur in our lives. God isn’t. We may quake and cower in the face of such natural disasters as the illness or death of a loved one, divorce, or financial crises, but God is never caught by surprise. Jesus slept in the bottom of the boat while a sudden storm raged on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples panicked and woke him, he simply said, “Peace, be still.” His words calmed not only the wind and waves but the disciples’ fears.

When life’s trials catch you unaware, remember the words of Jesus and rest in the knowledge that he is with you and will see you through the storm.

By Hazel King
Copyright 2008

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