As I was finishing last night’s post, we were under a tornado warning.
Yes. A tornado warning. Can we get a break with this severe weather??
I find it all a bit comical now. Here I was, writing about trusting God, and instead of “practicing what I was preaching,” I became filled with fear.
Friend, I do not like storms.
Maybe it’s because I’ve experienced so many. Movies like Twister, and seeing funnel clouds with my own eyes haven’t helped the matter. Reading articles and watching videos of storm chasers intrigue me, yet freak me out.
My first recollection of being afraid of storms was when I was ten years old. Sitting with my family in our basement during a tornado warning, hearing my dad’s strong voice turn shaky after he watched the gigantic tree in our back yard fall on our vehicles and our camper. That was the one and only time I ever heard his voice sound fearful.
Last night’s warning projected our little town was likely going to be in the path of this storm. To say I was covered in goosebumps from head to toe is an understatement. Seriously.
I did the only thing I knew to do.
You can probably guess what happened next. The goosebumps disappeared. The fear left. And I wondered,
“Why didn’t I do that in the first place??”
You may very well be filled with fear today. You may be uneasy and uncertain. Maybe you’re discouraged or disappointed. Whatever you’re walking through, may I remind you, God is bigger–even if it may not seem like it. He can handle your situation.
As I talked to God in those brief moments, I wasn’t praying for God’s sake. I was praying for mine. I needed to get a grip. I needed to change my focus.
If I focused on the storm, my fear would magnify (obviously!!). If I focused on God, He would be magnified.
Friend, where is your focus today? What are you magnifying, making bigger? Your fear or your faith? Your circumstances or the One Who can handle them?
Talking to God brings Him into focus. When we tell him how we’re feeling, when we ask Him to help, when we give to Him whatever we’re going through, He becomes bigger and our circumstances become smaller.
Bring Him into focus and watch what happens.
Your circumstances many not change immediately, but how you react to them will.
I’m thankful to report the tornado lifted and ran out of steam before it made its way to us. I may never learn to like storms, but I have learned Who I need to focus on through them!
I pray God blesses you as you keep your focus on Him!
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