As I looked out the window, the hurricane rains were pouring out of the sky just as the weather reports had predicted. I watched the pond behind our house overflow its banks and ebb into the picnic shelter and baseball fields. Then the winds began to blow and I prayed for protection from the damage that I knew this storm could bring. My husband and I went down to check on our basement to find the storm waters had flooded the sewage pipes and each of our drains were bubbling up like fountains. We felt like the boy with the holes in the dike. As we attempted to plug one drain, the other drain bubbled up even higher. We scurried around trying to save electronics and anything on the floor. We lifted furniture onto wooden blocks and paint cans to avoid exposure to the sewage. We mopped, we bailed, we did anything to try to control the water, but it was coming in faster than we could handle. We finally gave up and continued to move items to try and protect what we could.
The night was long as the wind howled and the rain continued to fall. When morning came, we went downstairs to clean what we could, and assess our losses. Pictures, albums, furniture, books and more were destroyed by the waters of the storm. The smell was intolerable and it became obvious that we would need professional help to clean the mess. As the professionals came in, they cut up the dry wall, tore up the carpet and destroyed every room in an attempt to dry out the complete area. We were left with half open cinder block walls and cement floors. Everything on that floor had been destroyed, yet, I realized that we did not lose our entire home as many others had in the same storm. Still the task appeared overwhelming.
Storms come in many forms and sweep through our lives without warning. They leave a trail of destruction, loss and pain in their path. When these storms hit, we can become paralyzed and exhausted by the immensity of the destruction. Trying to rebuild our strength and take a step forward each day can be overwhelming. These are the times that we completely depend on the wisdom of our Lord, because we cannot make sense of situation.
King David experienced destruction in his life from many battles and storms. Each time he learned to trust in God for wisdom and guidance. He left us a gift in the Psalms with prayers that ask for or tell of God’s wisdom, comfort and strength in times of trouble.
Psalm 22:19 But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. (NIV)
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. (NIV)
Psalm 20:1-2 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. (NIV)
No matter how large or small your storm is, no matter the amount of destruction that the storm left in its path, you are not alone. God is with you and powerful enough to support you and help you sort out, clean up and overcome the challenges. Seek Him as you pick up the pieces and rebuild from the destruction of your storm.
My Dear Lord Jesus, there are days I don’t even have the words to pray. I know you are the God of hope, the God of love and the God of strength. Please do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Help me have the strength to face this day and renew my strength for the days to come. Amen