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July 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Flying in the Storm

Yesterday (July 13th) Betsy and I awoke to our older dog panting and whining beside the bed. That usually means one of two things: she needs to go out or it’s going to storm. A quick look outside confirmed the later, and the time of morning confirmed the former. I got her outside before it started to rain, and then poured a cup of coffee and went out on the front porch to watch the storm. See…..I LOVE thunderstorms. Not really sure why, but I do. It was hot and humid, with very little breeze. A flash or two of lightning followed by the rumbles, and soon the rain was coming down with force. The wind picked up and the rain became sheets blowing down the road and across the tops of the trees. I was standing on the porch, back from the edge, when I noticed a flutter of white among the raindrops. I looked closer, and sure enough, there in the driving rain was one of those small white butterflies that hang around flower beds and gardens this time of year. Their flight path is never very straight or predictable in good weather. Here – in the midst of the storm – it wasn’t much better, BUT…… the bug was flying – he/she was airborne and going somewhere right through the rain. The wind and water did not seem to be a deterrent to wherever it was headed. It may have taken a bit longer to get there, but it was on its way.

I watched it for a moment or two, and as often happens in my life when I experience things that are a little strange, God spoke in my spirit, “pay attention. Your life can be like that butterfly. You can keep flying in the storm. You may get wet and blown around some, but I am still teaching, still revealing, still guiding even in the storm. Will you trust me?” I thought of that story where Jesus and his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee. They started out in decent weather, but suddenly a storm swept in from the surrounding hills and canyons. The boat was being battered, and the disciples were sure it was going down. Meanwhile, Jesus is sleeping in the back of the boat. When they wake him in a panic, he calms the storm and wonders about their faith. (Mark 4:35-41) He was with them in good weather, and in the storm - and he is Master over both.

Storms do not deter God’s work in your life or mine. They are simply other tools God uses to help us know more of who God really is, and how God operates in our lives. The question is not “Don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38). Rather, the PROMISE is that there, with us in the storm, is the one who is Master over it. Because of that truth, every moment of sunshine and driving rain serves God’s purpose for you and me. Like a small white butterfly, we can still fly in the storm……..if we’ll trust the One with us through it all. As always….

Keep Lookin’ Up!
Pastor D.



Comments

07-20-2017 at 10:32 PM
Colleen Holtz
I love storms also. I'll remember these beautiful words the next time I watch one.
07-17-2017 at 11:10 PM
Mikki Chmiel
Storms in our life are God's teaching moments. "I am here hold onto me". Thanks for your story. It's the little things that make a memorable one.
07-15-2017 at 3:08 PM
Lynn harriger
I love to watch storms also, good lesson. I always enjoy your sermons and Through you God makes me think! Thank you
07-15-2017 at 10:24 AM
Pat Mann
When we walk in the Spirit with our Lord, we will always see these teachable moments? We need to open our Spiritual eyes. Good read, thank you!
07-14-2017 at 9:45 PM
Patty Hughes
I love this reminder. 😊
07-14-2017 at 8:32 PM
Becky Martin
Very beautiful! I really needed to see this today. Not sure how you do it but your word always has tremendous meaning to me. Thank you for all you do!
07-14-2017 at 7:47 PM
Michelle Schull
Amen. I am so grateful that God chose you to be my teacher!! And to remind me to weather the storm and rely on God trust Him. Thanks friend!!
07-14-2017 at 7:34 PM
Elaine Young
Thank you Pastor David. You KNOW why this is especially meaningful to me right now!
07-14-2017 at 6:16 PM
Kelly
I love this!
07-14-2017 at 5:29 PM
Christy Doody
So thankful for you and your guidance, wisdom and faith when I was weathering the storm of my life. Thank you
07-14-2017 at 5:26 PM
Lois Carr
Really needed to be reminded of God's presence always with us in fair weather or the storms in life.
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