I live in New York City. Tonight the public transportation systems shut down as we brace for Hurricane Sandy. Forecasters warn of a possible superstorm that could affect the Eastern Seaboard for days, hitting us with wind, flooding, and power outages.
Families have evacuated their homes, planes have been grounded, schools and businesses will extend the weekend. People are taking the storm seriously.
A new neighbor told me how scared she is as we rode the elevator down so we could run out and get supplies. She’s never been in a hurricane before and she didn’t know what to do. I gave her information on the basics; stock up on water, get a flashlight and batteries, oh, and you might want to tape your windows. I told her not to be afraid.
It’s good to be prepared. It’s not helpful to be afraid. So here’s a solution.
I was on a cross Atlantic plane trip recently. We hit rough turbulence. I’m not a fan. My friends tell me no one is. I panicked. I tried to pray but I just felt scared. Everything I thought I needed to calm me down (a Christian Science magazine or the Bible and Science and Health on my iPad) was in my computer case in the overhead compartment. We weren’t allowed to leave our seats.
Then I remembered that I had GoVerse on my iPhone. I clicked on it thinking, “I hope it works without Internet.” It does. The day’s theme was “Crisis.” Ahhhhh! So perfect. One of the first quotes I read was from Psalms, “My heart is sore pained within me…Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me…. As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.” 1
That was me. I felt overwhelmed. But here, “randomly” chosen by software , I had the perfect quote. I felt God’s presence and I wasn’t afraid anymore.
The turbulence stopped right then and that was the end of it.
Will you call on God with me now? There are lots of people in the path of Hurricane Sandy who could use our help.
- Ps. 55:4-5, 16 ↩
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