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DD    Posted 05-17-2004 at 15:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here we are in that time of the year when storms come upon us often. We find
that the weather person on the local news program is more important to us. If
they say, grab your umbrella or raincoat we pay attention. Rain storms,
thunderstorms, windstorms, tornados, storms of all kind. We understand that is
just the way with the weather, storms come and, you prepare for them as best you
can life goes on.

What's best way to beat a storm? It's being prepared, isn't it? Yet, sometimes
life throws a storm at us we aren't prepared for or just can't imagine! It might
be the death of a loved one, the loss of our job, the loss of our home, an
illness or maybe some great financial setback.

Sometimes life is like the ship's captain I read about. It seems that as a storm
raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out to his
crew, "Anyone here know how to pray?" One man stepped forward, "Aye, Captain, I
know how to pray." "Good," said the captain, "you pray while the rest of us put
on our life jackets - we're one short."

The unexpected, that for which we cannot prepare, what do you do when those
things come into your life? There is an old song that comes to mind that I
actually can't remember the last time I sang. It's call "Shelter in the time of
storm." Read some of the words and see if they fit your life; "The Lord's our
Rock, in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm, secure whatever ill
betide, a shelter in the time of storm. The raging storms may round us beat,
we'll never leave our safe retreat, a shelter in the time of storm." The chorus
then declares, "O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land, O
Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm."

King David wrote in Psalms 18:2, "The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my
savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the
strength of my salvation, and my stronghold." Wow! That sounds great doesn't it,
sounds like a good solid sermon! But what does it mean to me in my life?

Like the captain said, "Does anyone here know how to pray?" If you answer yes,
the answer has inherent in it the idea, that you know the one to whom you are
praying! If your answer is no, then you have nowhere to go for help! Our God is
our "Rock," our "Shelter," our "Salvation". And as the song said, " Jesus is a
Rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm!"

If you don't have that shelter in the time of storm, maybe it's time you take a
good look at your life. Ask yourself, why it is that if you are willing to
prepare for a weather related storm, why not for a life related storm? May our
God continue to bless and keep you always and in every storm of life!

God Bless
Russ Lawson,
Greenville Church of Christ
Greenville, OH, USA

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