He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
In September of 2008, my son and I flew to Houston for a weekend. My daughter flew down from Montana and we all stayed at my sister’s house. We made these reservations long before we knew Hurricane Ike was headed right towards Houston. Having grown up in Houston and being very familiar with hurricanes, we began the work of preparing for possible disaster.
We bought food and water and put things up that were outside and boarded up what windows we could, rounded up flashlights and batteries and the radio. All that was left to do was pray and wait. Hurricane Ike hit Houston in the middle of the night. The winds were howling, rain was pouring and all power went out and the city was dark. When we got up the next morning, we surveyed the damage and realized we were housebound for several days along with the rest of the city as workers worked to get roads open and power on.
My sister has two guitars, a piano and a keyboard that didn’t require electricity and we started playing songs. We spent a long time singing and playing instruments and laughing at our not so good songs and marveling at our great ones. We called ourselves the Hurricane Ike Band! It was a wonderful, memorable time together waiting out the storm.
You may not be going through an actual hurricane. I certainly hope not, but what storm howls at your door and causes you sleepless nights? What answer are you waiting on? Are you in need of divine healing that hasn’t come? Waiting stinks, but it doesn’t have to. We could have huddled over the radio listening to all kinds of bad reports and wrung our hands and made ourselves sick with worry, but we chose instead to create music. Peace in a storm is possible. Remember when Jesus was sleeping on the boat when the storm hit the lake and the disciples freaked out? Jesus woke up, calmed the storm and the disciples were left scratching their heads. Who is this Jesus?
Jesus is the calmer of the storm, the peace in the midst of bad reports, the Comforter who holds us through difficult times. Whatever the storm of your life is, He is greater and He is for you not against you. Isn’t that something to sing about!
Jesus, calmer of my storms, thank You. You are always present, always here for me no matter what the circumstances of my life may be and I am so grateful. Thank You for keeping me safe through the storm and giving me new songs to sing. Help me, I pray, to remember that when the storm comes I can count on You. Amen.
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