Sheltered in the Storm
By: Donna Haug
November 15, 2003
“Look at that!”
I stood in my kitchen with a dishtowel in my hand looking out the window at the greenest sky I had ever seen in my life! We had been having the most incredible storms in the last few months where we lived in Southern Brazil. All of the ‘old-timers’ were commenting on how strange the weather was and the strength of nature’s fury that year. Rumor had it that the cause of our freakish weather was “El Nino”. I didn’t know much about that, but the things happening outside my window fascinated me.
The sky had been clear and sunny only a short while before. Then a strong wind picked up blowing dust everywhere. The clouds began to accumulate and grow darker. Before we knew it, the sky had turned a disconcerting grayish-green color. As the rain began to fall, I knew we were in for a massive storm. I hurried to each of the rooms checking that the windows were sealed tightly and assuring that the towels and buckets were ready for the inevitable leak in our bathroom. As night fell the streaks of lightening seemed to take over the sky. My heart pounded with the thrill of it.
I called my three children to come out onto the large covered veranda at the rear of our home. We set up chairs under the shelter of the roof and sat down to watch God’s wonderful fireworks display. At first my children weren’t too sure about it. The thunder boomed a little too loudly for my toddler. My 5 and 6-year-old children thought it was great as long as Mommy was nice and close! We sat for a long time watching expectantly as, from one side of the visible sky to the other, lightening played tag with the earth and drum rolls filled the air. Our cries of ‘ooohhh’ and ‘aaahhhhh’ and ‘Did you see that one?” followed closely on the heels of the most amazing displays we had ever seen of the power God has harnessed in nature.
That night has become one of my favorite memories of the four years we spent in Brazil. Why were we content to sit confidently and enjoy the force of what could have been a terrifying storm? We knew we were safe. I knew that where we were sitting was very sheltered and protected. My children were just trusting in their Mommy to know what was safe and what wasn’t. As long as I was very close to them with my arms wrapped around them, they knew they were going to be all right.
In the same way, the Bible says that you do not need to be afraid of the storms that come against you in your life. You are safe when you place your faith and trust in your Lord Jesus. If you are facing a storm that makes your heart flutter in fear, sense the Lord’s arms around you today and be reassured by these words of the Psalmist: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’… He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:1,2,4) He is your shelter in the storm!
Donna, sorry I am just now getting to this. This was really wonderful. I especially liked the feeling of safety you described, knowing that Christ indeed is our shelter in the storm. Thank you for this. Mary