Riding Out Hurricane Matthew
I have loved ones who live on the coast of Florida. When Hurricane Matthew was headed that way, one of my loved ones lived in an area that called for a mandatory evacuation. The other lived near the river and there was concern of flooding. Three of them decided to ride out Hurricane Matthew in a town home 6 miles from the coast.
I had experienced Hurricane Hugo which was terrifying (I'm dating myself here) and I remembered what Hurricane Andrew did - flattened neighborhoods. And Katrina and Floyd. So I have a fear of hurricanes. They are powerful forces of nature that wreak havoc and destruction and kill people. I know what they can do and I think it is better to be safe than sorry, so I would have evacuated - even if it wasn't mandatory.
But these three decided to ride it out just 6 short miles from the coast. I was afraid for them.
The hurricane was supposed to hit their area at around midnight. And so I prayed. Off and on that Thursday I would think about how they were in the path of the hurricane and they should have evacuated and I hope they are okay. I could feel myself getting anxious and stressed. I lifted many prayers that day.
That evening I was meeting some friends for dinner and as I was driving there I was thinking about my loved ones. I was fretting. Again, I lifted up prayers for their safety.
And then it hit me. WHY AM I WORRYING?
HAS GOD NOT TOLD ME HE HEARS MY PRAYERS?
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1 John 5:14
The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His lovingkindness from me.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
"And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
AND WHAT IF THINGS DIDN'T TURN OUT THE WAY I WANTED?
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
GOD'S WORD TELLS ME TO BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.
IT TELLS ME TO NOT FRET OR WORRY.
IT TELLS ME TO TRUST HIM.
WHAT WAS I DOING?
I say I believe God's Word.
I say I trust Him.
I say I accept His will.
DO I OR DON'T I?
I DID AND I DO.