Recovering After the Storm

Recovering from the storm

It’s really more like reorientation.

We lived in North Carolina during Hurricanes Florence, Isadore, Frances and Ivan (fortunately, for me, we’d moved before Hurricane Cindy, in 2005). Little tickles of unease kept us awake each time a tropical storm hit 74 MPH off our coast. Then, rivulets of concern when the power went off.

Now what?

Obviously, we survived them all. But after every one of them we awoke to a strange world around us. A land of fallen limbs, leaves, and whole trees, power lines, clothes, dog houses, a trampoline…crazy things. All out of place.

Nothing was where it was supposed to be.

Many important items were lost or damaged. Nothing felt safe.

Even being prepared for the coming storm couldn’t prepare us for the aftermath, or even more for the after affects of the changes wrought upon us in that short 36 hours of storm.

Ah. Life. It brings fair weather and storms. In the sun, we see how things should work and fit them into the best place. We learn and understand everything around us.

Then the storm hits, and everything changes.

It’s hard to see what’s even real. What’s solid, what’s safe. Everything must be relearned, reorganized, sorted out and made sense of. The old damaged things and ideas must be removed and the new, the clean and the right must be put into place.

And the funny thing about change is…

Change is good. Change is work. Change can lead you to being deceived. Change requires more out of you.

Change requires you to think clearly and not be given to emotion. But, it’s when we are most emotional.

We can’t think clearly at all, much less completely reorganize our system of living and functioning and relating to others.

Do you know the God Who Sees?

Our Father in heaven. The God Who Provides. God Our Healer.

He is the one who can make everything right again – easily. But it takes trust. Be still and know that I am God.

Dr. Charles Stanley, of InTouch Ministries, says, “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”

Do this and all sorts itself out quickly and easily. But how can you do this?

Read and learn.

Read Psalm 46. Psalm 91. Philippians 4:4-8. Learn. And relearn. Because the storm changes the landscape of our lives, and we must put back into place the truth of who we are in light of Whom He Is.

And, don’t worry. The lights will come back on. Just wait and see.

Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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