Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (ESV) Isaiah 41:10
A winter weather warning of a big snow storm was forecast for our area. 8 to 12 inches of snow was expected over the next several days. We hurried to the grocery store to lay in supplies, and gathered our puzzles and games to prepare to hunker down at home for the duration of the storm.
The temperature dropped, the clouds rolled in, but instead of snow we got rain, heavy brutal freezing rain. This was not what we were expecting!
The trees and bushes began to sag and bend with the weight of the ice. We could hear limbs breaking off and crashing to the ground throughout our neighborhood. We bundled up and armed with plastic, rope and poles, headed outside to help our trees. We covered our arborvitae and tied them together to protect them. Then used ladders and painters poles to help support some of the heavy branches on the trees. The storm was not over yet, but with the added supports I think our landscape will be able to withstand the icy conditions.
But what about us?
How do we withstand the storms of life?
At times I feel the weight of my burdens pulling me down. So heavy are they, I think surely I will break. And then something happens; I seek the Lord’s help, my husband prays for me or I am reminded of the Lords great love and sacrifice for me, and I am strengthened to withstand the storm.
Do you think the Lord would leave us in our struggles? Abandon us in our pain? Never! The Lord tells us “I will never leave you or for sake you” (Joshua 1:15). The Lord is with us in the storms, it is He that covers us, He that binds us and He that holds us together. It is the Lord that supports us when our burdens weigh us down.
So when the storms of life come and they will, look to the Lord. He is with us and He will sustain us in our toughest moments.
Prayer: Our Father, how we love you. Thank you for your supportive hand in the storms of our life. Encourage us to trust you and to lean fully on you when we are at our weakest. For truly Lord, in reality we are always weak. In Jesus’ name. Amen.￼￼￼
For further reading: Joshua 1