Over these past six weeks Florida has had four hurricanes
that have passed through our state and I have learned one thing
for sure. There is nothing you can do while it is happening except
trust God that He will bring you through.
Charly came up the west coast of Florida and was headed toward
Tampa when all of a sudden it took a right hand turn and slammed
into Port Charlotte. Although there was much relief for the people
of Tampa there was also much sadness for those in the path of
Charly. Charly came and ripped through the state very quickly
leaving much damage behind.
Frances sat over the state of Florida from the east coast to the
west coast for days. It felt as if it would never go away and
caused you to wonder when you would see the sun again.
Ivan came up the west coast of Florida and again there were some
tense moments for the people of Tampa but the storm turned more
northwest of us and headed toward the Panhandle and Alabama where
it left severe damage.
Hurricane Jeane, the one that sat out in the ocean for over 10
days took a turn and headed toward Florida. This was the fourth
storm in six weeks and honestly it had no mercy on the east coast
of Florida or in Central Florida where so much damage had occured
from Charly and Frances.
During Frances I was at my daughters house
from Saturday through Monday. We watched all the news coverage
while spending time together as a family. The first gust of wind
on Saturday knocked my power out and that was just the most furthest
outskirts of the storm. Thankfully I realized I did not have to
sit here alone and go through this but instead I could spend the
time with my family. We watched and we waited every hour for something
to change, only instead we heard the winds getting stronger, the
rain falling consistently by the hour, and by Sunday morning there
was already a sense of everyone wanting to get outside, and the
storm had not even gotten here yet in full force.
Ivan and Charly I was able to stay home as Tampa did not take
the hit of the storm. When Jeane got here I was just too tired
to pack up yet again so I decided to stay home. I knew by now
there was nothing I could do to stop it from coming and I just
continued to pray the Lord's protection over this state.
I realized through these storms that no
matter what all I could do was be still. I could not make it go
away, I could not run from them and in them I had a choice to
be frustrated and impatient or to go with the flow of it all.
There were moments I wanted to scream and just tell that thing
to go away already but thank God for His gift of self-control
and patience. Even the News Reporters just kept repeating to it's
audience through Frances, "BE PATIENT, THE STORM WILL PASS
I knew in my heart that these storms were
just an earthly comparison to what goes on in the spiritual realm
every moment of the day. I know that many of us have experienced
storm after storm in our lives and that many of us feel so helpless
to cause it to stop and maybe that is because we can't. The storms
of life are going to come, sometimes more frequent than others,
but they are going to come. How we respond to them and through
them is what is going to make the difference in our hearts.
believe that there are warning signs telling us we are going to
go through something, just like Jesus told Peter that satan desired
to sift him, I believe the Lord gets us ready for every storm
coming toward us. I believe that when we pray some storms can
be rerouted in a different direction. With hurricane Charly, Tampa
Bay was set for the hit, but right before the hit the storm turned
and went another direction. Not that we wanted it to go anywhere
else or for anyone to be harmed but bottom line was we were not
in control. The storm seemed to have a path of it's own and went
across the state doing major damage and even taking some lives.
in the spiritual realm, when we see certain things coming or the
enemy comes to us with his lies of impending doom, we can pray
and believe God for His very best. If He allows it to come, He
will give us the grace to go through it, if He reroutes it and
the powers of darkness are dispelled than we can rest in the Lord
and be thankful that He cancelled the plans of the enemy in our
don't think there is one person in Florida who did not feel the
weariness from these storms coming one right after another. Everyone
was tired, and many had not even completed the repairs from the
first storm before we had the fourth one coming. I know we all
get tired of the storms of life, we tend to give up on praying
because we don't see the results right away. Sometimes we are
still getting through one trial and another one comes along in
the midst of it. The enemy is a loser my friend and his purpose
is to get us to stop praying, to give up in the Spirit and to
lay down and let him run over us. But God! He will give us the
strength to stand! He will give us grace and the power of His
Spirit to stand against the wiles of the enemy. He will bring
us through every storm of life and one day we will live in total
peace with Him and never have to worry about another storm again.
is faithful my friends and through all of this, whether it be
storms in the natural or storms in the spirit sometimes we just
have to BE STILL and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD and that the Lord is
in control and will watch over us and bring us through it. It
is His good pleasure to give us good things in this life and to
strengthen us in our inner man that we may stand on the Rock He
has given us, His Son Jesus Christ.
am asking everyone to pray for the state of Florida, for all those
who lost homes, furniture and important possessions. Pray for
the weariness to be lifted and for the Power of the Holy Spirit
to come through Florida with His Wind that we may all be strengthened
and lifted up by the only wind that counts, the Power of Our Living
God to bring us through it all.
leave you with this Word from Jesus found in John 16:33:
things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace.
In this world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world."