Riding Out the Storm

Riding Out the Storm

One of my favorite parts of summer is when you get the consecutive days of storms that roll through the area. You don’t know when they will hit, but you know that they will at some point. You know that it’s going to rain pretty hard and the winds will pick up. But my favorite part is watching the constant rolling thunder and lightning that comes with a good summer time storm. I could just sit there for hours and watch it rock and roll on by. These summer thunderstorms show another side of God’s wonder and beauty.

            A few weeks ago we were at Carolina Bible Camp (CBC). One of the first days of the week the weather was calling for downpours and storms in the afternoon. Let me tell you… they were right! I was sitting in a golf cart with one of the counselors watching the few brave souls who were out in the rain. We had sought out a tree to hide under to stay dry. Until we couldn’t no more. The rain picked up. And it rained harder, harder and harder. Finally, it was raining so hard it was getting difficult to see very far so I rode to the craft shed where I rode out the stronger storms. It gives a view of a good chunk of the camp, but also comes with the duty of ringing the siren.

            The siren tells everyone that it’s time to be in a cabin and don’t leave until we get you. It’s designed to keep you safe as you ride out the storm. While I rode out this particular storm I couldn’t help but to think how nice it would be in life to have a siren to warm us of upcoming struggles. To tell us to bunker down for a little bit and hold on. Psalm 91:1-4 reminds us that the Lord provides us with protection when we live under Him. “The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust: He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with his feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.”

            We have a God who will protect us. He is our refuge and fortress. When we watch the literal storms roll by us take comfort that we have a God who will protect us during both the physical storms, and the storms we go through in life.

Mark Casella