Eye of the Storm
9/11 was a catastrophic event we will never forget. Many people vowed to never fly again. That was visibly true when I flew from San Fran to Philly months after for business. I thought…were they trying to kill me? As a frequent flier, I found my inner courage to accept the offer. Returning home, I took my assigned seat at the back of the plane. I noticed I was the only one in the last six rows of the plane on each side. People were not playing around. As always, I said my little prayer to keep my nerves and the skies calm. Well, the calmness didn’t last. Cruising at 35,000 feet, the plane began to move with intensity. I took deep breaths to calm down. Suddenly, the pilot made his announcement. Respectfully, he apologized for the heavy turbulence we were experiencing and told us it’ll be with us for a while due to the Rocky Mountains.
I gripped the sides of my seat so tightly. I knew I was a goner! I couldn’t take it! I looked out the small window to try to erase any unimaginable thoughts. Above the jerking sound of the plane and my heart racing, my mind led me to the story of Apostle Paul and the Storm in Acts 27. Instantly, I closed my eyes to get in the spiritual zone. The Spirit said, ‘Don’t be afraid. As I was with Paul on the ship during the storm, I am with you’ (Acts 27: 24-26).
I was thinking, how that night was for the men on the boat. The hurricane force tossing the boat back and force violently. Fighting storm after storm to get to their destination; hungry and scared. Above all, Paul knew God had a plan for him.
How many storms have we experienced? I believe more than a million!
As a busy mom of two little ones, it seems as storms come right at me before I even walk out the door!
Against the human helplessness of life stands the sovereign hand of God. Paul was told a promise even in the midst of the storm. In our life, we have a promise and God’s purpose cannot be thwarted, even by any powerful force. No matter how bleak your situation may be, continue to pray and focus on God. Just as God took care of Paul, He will take care of you.
Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson is one of my children’s favorite songs. Every time it comes on the radio, we sing along with excitement. “In the eye of the storm you remain in control. In the middle of the war, you guard my soul. You alone are my anchor when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.”
When things are out of our control, they are never out of God’s control. God is the eye, our guide and shield of any storm in our life.
Thank you Father for the reminder.