Bracing for the Storms

14 Nov

Two weeks ago, I watched the the news reports as heavy equipment pushed large piles of sand into mounds creating a protective barrier between the ocean waves and the structures beyond the beach. The intent of these man-made sand dunes was to minimize the damage that might be done by Hurricane Sandy as her waves would surely come crashing inland.

In addition to the man-made dunes, hundreds of thousands of sand bags were placed around buildings and homes in areas subject to flooding. Windows were boarded up, furniture brought in doors and other items were secured as best as possible.

When I saw the sand banks being built along with all the other preparations, I thought about how we have to build protective barriers around our lives, too. The most effective ways to do this are through prayer and spending time in God’s Word.

Prayer is our direct communication with God. By slowing down and quieting our spirits, we not only talk to God but we can hear from Him, as well. The act of praying is not just an opportunity to tell God what we need or want. It is our chance to be fortified with the God’s strength that He emparts to us through the Holy Spirit.

The Bible provides unlimited shelter and protection from life’s storms if we will take the time to immerse ourselves in it and become grounded in it’s truth. The more familiar we become with the 775,000+ words in the Bible, the easier it is to remind ourselves that we are equipped to handle this current challenge.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

In many places along the Jersey shore, the dunes were not enough. The waves overtook the tall banks and continued onward to cause destructive flooding in towns up and down the coastline. The same is true for our lives. A consistent prayer life and spending quality time reading our Bibles does nto guarantee we will never experience difficulties. What it means is that we will not be destroyed by our problems.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

If you’re facing a storm today, don’t overlook the importance of a daily quiet time. You may still get beaten and battered, but you will not be defeated.

If I can pray for you today, please leave a comment here or send an email to me at rachturnerblog@gmail.com and I would be honored to do so.

Rachel

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