Our family lives on the East Coast, and we have been warned of a very big storm – a deadly hurricane, as a matter of fact – that is about to impact our lives. We have lived in this place a long time and been through many of these big storms, even a direct hit by Hugo.
I am struck by how similar our responses are to all the “storms” of life.Whether it’s an approaching hurricane, a bad health diagnosis, impending financial doom – most of us follow the same patterns.
First, we ask the “experts” for their opinion. Usually, they tell us the worst possible outcomes so we can be informed and prepared. That terrifies us and so we start making decisions out of fear. Then the “what ifs” take over, and finally, we start asking everyone else what they are doing. Our head is swimming with options, fears, “what ifs.” How can anyone know what is the RIGHT thing to do?
Overwhelmed and frustrated, we throw up our hands and do the only, truly right thing – we get still, remember God, wait for guidance and then act in wisdom.
Proverbs 1:33 …but whoever listens to Me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”