In the last few days and the next few days, the topic peppering most every conversation in this area is hurricanes. We are praying for the people in Texas and contemplating where “Irma” is going to go. At this point, we may be considering what supplies we have in stock in case a hurricane hits our area. For those of us living in North Carolina, this is a ritual we go through every August and September, though the season continues through November. I personally am relieved when we get through September without a major hit. Perhaps this is because I endured “Fran” in September of 1996. As I watched the news and tracked the storm projection, I had memories of the feelings from experiencing hurricane “Fran”. Fear was a powerful memory and I could sense it creeping into my mind as I watched the weatherman explain the projections. Interesting fear was the first memory, but it took a few days to remember the feeling of God’s care and protection I sensed in the storm. Why is it the first memory is fear and anxiety, but it took days to recall faith and God’s power?
Reading Psalms helps us to move from fear to faith as we use God’s Word in prayer. I would encourage you to read Psalm 86 when you sense a hurricane coming into your life.
“Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly, save your servant, who trusts in you – you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant for to you,
O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O LORD are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD to my prayer, listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I will call upon you for you answer me.”