I relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2006 to contribute to the disaster recovery effort after hurricanes Katrina and Rita had devastated the city in the Fall of 2005. I was overwhelmed by the level of destruction, houses that were before homes lay in ruin, a jazzy lifestyle blown away, and the beauty of the Crescent City was utterly changed, it seemed as if it would never return. But God has His way of removing only that which needed to be removed and preserving that which He wanted preserved, He always has His way.
I remember, two years later, living in Baton Rouge watching from the banks of the mighty Mississippi River as Hurricane Ike entered the Gulf. The sky was filled with blackness, lightning flashed back and forth across the darkness and the earth was shaken by the voice of thunder. It seemed as though a terrible piece of history would be repeated and this fair city would suffer a similar destruction as its neighbor. Fortunately, the storm swept on and passed out of the city with much less destruction than what had fallen upon New Orleans.
If I had stood in the same place on the following day, and said, “Where is that terrible storm, with all its terrible blackness?” the grass would have said, “Part of it is in me,” and the daisy would have said, “Part of it is in me,” and the fruits and flowers and everything that grows out of the ground would have said, “Part of the storm is growing in me.” Storms in our lives are God’s way of removing that which needs to be removed and preserving that which He wants preserved. He never will send a storm into your life that if you trust Him you cannot survive.
Believers must understand; “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust Him” (Nahum 1:7). There is no reason to fear the stormy tempest that is at this moment sweeping through your life. Your blessing is in the storm ask the grass, the daisy, the fruits and flowers. The sky darkens, the wind blows, the thunder roars and the rain falls, and when the storm has passed on it is the glory of God that shines upon all that He has made.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life and so it was the day after the storms in both cities, wrecked by the power of God, but today they are prospering, having removed the storm’s debris and moved on. “I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest” (Psalms 55:8). We cannot escape the will of God and it is His will to bring you safely through the storm, rebuild that which was lost and to prosper you for having survived the storm. May you be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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