Hurricane Zeta has come and gone and left a trail of trees and debris everywhere. Most people in town are dealing with power outages and praying it will turn back on quickly. Some people are having to cut up trees and figure out costs for the repairs they need. As I sit here tonight, I am thanking God so much for keeping the worst of the storm away from my home and family. Our power flickered a few times, and we may have some limbs in the yard, but that is it. We are so fortunate tonight.
At seven this morning, as I was heading to work, the storm was coming into our county. The wind was starting to blow harder, and the rain was coming down heavy. The thirty-five-minute drive I usually take felt like an eternity. The more I traveled, the worst it got. The wind was blowing my car all over the road, and I could barely see the lines; the time hasn’t changed yet, so it looks like it’s midnight at seven AM. I have never felt more afraid than I did this morning while I was driving. My hands were gripping the steering wheel so hard, they hurt. At one point, I felt myself having a little panic attack because I was so scared.
I turned up my radio to try and drown out my fearful thoughts, and this song came on that immediately cleared my mind and gave me peace. It is called Peace Be Still, by Hope Darst. The lyrics start with, “I don’t wanna be afraid every time I face the waves, I don’t wanna be afraid, I don’t wanna be afraid, and I don’t wanna fear the storm, just because I hear it roar, I don’t wanna fear the storm, I don’t wanna fear the storm.” Y’all, I was in tears because I knew it was God taking the fear away.
When scary things happen in our lives, we tend to tense up and think negative, fearful thoughts, but we don’t have to. God is bigger than any storm in our lives, not just weather-related storms, but storms in our life. We need only to be still and let him handle it. God reminded me of that this morning. The chorus of the song goes, “Peace be still, say the word and I will, set my feet upon the sea, ‘til I’m dancing in the deep, peace be still, you are here so it is well, even when my eyes can’t see, I will trust the voice that speaks.” Oh my gosh, those lyrics are powerful!
Tonight, as your battling the remnants of the storm, Zeta, or a storm in your life, do not fear. God is bigger than any storm or problem; you need only to be still and let him handle it. I love each one of you, and I’ll be praying for every storm you are facing today, tomorrow, or in the days to come.