Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (KJV)
Hebrews 13:6 – We may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (KJV)
The emergency weather siren rang loudly that night, just as the skies surrounding the campus of the University of West Alabama began to darken, and the winds began to rise. Immediately, Millie, my grey Tabby cat, tore for cover beneath the couch, while I grabbed Lucky, my deaf kitty, and headed for the living room closet.
I left the door ajar just a little, so that I could hear the weather station alerts on the television. Just as the Emergency Broadcasting Alert System beeped across the screen with a warning of an approaching tornado, all of the lights and power went out in our small community. The butterflies in my stomach turned into bumblebees. Darkness is not my favourite thing.
I called out for Millie to join me and Lucky in the closet, but no Millie. I could hear the wind and rain beating against the roof and windows. I was sweating, and wanting my momma and my daddy. The sirens wailed again, and I began to pray.
It was funny, because, even though I held her tightly in the closet, while I shone my little flashlight in the darkness, Lucky found some joy. She was chasing the beams of the light, oblivious to the noise and the storm raging outside. Millie, on the other hand, could be seen cowering underneath the couch a few feet away.
God doesn't call us to be comfortable — I have heard and said that statement a million times — but He does call us to be faithful. In our faith, we should be encouraged and not anxious, because God is in control. So, instead of worrying and hiding, we should be at peace.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for being our strength, for providing security even in stormy times! Father, make us oblivious to our anxieties, and more faithful in you! Amen.