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Calm Before The Storm



The east coast is preparing for a hurricane right now. Category 4 in strength, it stretches approximately 300 miles across. Frightening in its size and power. I have had a verse floating around in my head for a couple of weeks thanks to a t-shirt add on Facebook. It is not actually a verse, sounds like it should be but when you google it, none can be found. The saying is “Tell your mountain about your God”. It is Based on Mark 11:23, but I want to add verse 22, And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in heart hear, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”

Our faith is challenged when we are faced with life storms, not just the real ones like the one sitting off the East coast. Our faith is purified by these storms. When we are able to turn our focus towards God and lean on Him for His understanding, then we are strengthened. In Psalm 46:1, the Psalmist reminds us of this fact; “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Our problems may seem like an impossible mountain, but we must believe that God is bigger.

One phone call is all it takes to send me into an anxiety ridden state. The phone call was from my annual visit. “We need you to come back in for some more imaging. There’s a shadowy area that we need to look at further.” Phrasing this time was a little different. Normally I get the call, which happens every other year, sometimes longer, and it is there’s and area we need better pictures of. Sounds better than shadowy. I do not care how many times I hear those words, I still panic. (Thanks Mom for the great genes and the cancer scare.)

Leaning on me for answers and strength, does not work. Leaning on God for His support works. I love how He gives me scripture or points to His Word. Psalm 34:17-18 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” I feel God surrounding me. I have no more anxiety. If there is something wrong, then I know He will get me through it.

My faith is as powerful as the mustard seed, it is not small. If you have ever bitten a mustard seed, you will understand why I chose the word “powerful”. Matthew 17:20-21 “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard see, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” One small seed is a strong taste. My faith will see me through the storms coming my way. My conversations with God will change in tone, but I know He is with me, holding me up when I can’t stand.



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