Sandy the hurricane has passed through the Caribbean and is devastating parts of the US and Canada. As I write, there are 30 dead in the US alone amidst flooding, falling trees, boats flung on cliffs or sunk, fires and collapsing buildings.
Right here at our guest house in Nairobi, a US family is waiting out the storm. They should have left last night to fly back to Newark, but would have had to layover in Amsterdam until Saturday night due to cancelled flights. They preferred to wait here rather than be stranded at airports. Good call.
However, the consolation in all this is that storms do actually pass on – even Sandy is passing just as any storm will do. While they last, precaution, wisdom and prayer are essential.
Life storms take different shapes. They could be political, spiritual, financial, marital or just a natural catastrophe like Sandy. They are bound to come. Their seasons are unpredictable, and so are the magnitudes. It is heartening to know that God, the creator of the universe, is neither taken by surprise nor overwhelmed by the storms we experience.
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven” (Ps 107:29-30)
Depending on our preparedness or lack of it, and our ability to listen to godly counsel or not, we could be made stronger or could be completely devastated by any given storm.
My prayer, for you and myself, is that we will all find strength in Christ to weather any storm that comes our way!