Last week we had some tough storms come through, tornadoes destroyed a couple churches and some houses, thank God nobody was hurt... I sit here right now hunkering down because again a trail of storms with tornado warnings is coming through this area. I grew up in the Midwest so I’m quite aware of tornado warning and tornado drills but in this area they’re not common and it freaks everyone out, so since it’s been a while now I’m freaked out a little.
When I decided that it was safe to go back upstairs, and watch the news, my husband downstairs turns up the TV, while watching “Searching for Red October” so I hear some loud noises, almost like a tornado sound because of the sound effects in that movie. At first I don’t realize it’s the movie so I’m ready to fly down the steps for cover. I almost feel like I dodged a bullet. My heart beating fast.
Thoughts now, on what I should have grabbed if anything? Probably my cat who is peacefully sleeping in a basket in my room. However, grabbing her would have proved rather sharp and claws out. What about my grandmas momentos, my photographs, my passport, my purse, clothes, jewelry, I’m barefoot, maybe shoes would be wise, which ones? Oh wow! It’s too much to fathom! People have to go through this daily across the world in different situations that are devastating. Perspective change here .
I definitely should have grabbed the cat! A living creature, that has life! Who cares about stuff? It may be sentimental but it has no life unless I give life to it, most can be replicated. A life , a breath, is the important in the present. In the storm what is important? What does God say about this?
Excerpt from article at:
” 1) Earthly possessions are inferior to the heavenly one.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).
Before we knew Christ, we set our minds on everything the world views as valuable. Yet when we gave our hearts to Christ, there’s an immediate recognition of the fading value of material things. Through the knowledge and presence of the Holy Spirit, we begin to desire greater heavenly rewards more so than the earthly ones.”
#2) Earthly possessions will be destroyed eventually
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10).
The most expensive and greatest treasures on the earth will have the same end—nothingness. After Jesus comes back and the world is judged, there will be nothing worth holding on to. In spite of this, many people will continue to cling to their earthly possessions because they long to be more comfortable in the present moment rather than in their eternal future.”
I’m not going to copy the whole article but you get the point. We have to set our eyes on eternal things, not temporary possessions. Love, safety of physical body, and our relationships with people and God , Holy Spirit and our savior. 3 in One.
I just experienced a test storm, a drill, I failed only because I did not grab my Kitty. Luckily I didn’t have to, but it makes me think about a plan for next time. I’m thanking God that this was a test, I really did reach out to him for strength. That’s what you do through a storm, even if it’s just a lesson, a drill.
God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.– Psalm 46:1
God is in control.
He calmed the raging storm, and the waves became quiet.– Psalm 107:29 (
God will rescue you.
The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles.– Psalm 34:17
Always trust in God as your protector.
Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”– Psalm 91:1-2
God will give you strength.
But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.– 2 Corinthians 12:9
Come Go With Me !