Out of the Whirlwind
When we relocated from New York to south Florida, we were told to expect two seasons: drought season and hurricane season. Summer rains were welcomed, summer hurricanes were not.
For the first four years after our move, hurricanes barreled across the Atlantic but often spun themselves out in the ocean. When they did make landfall, it was the shores of countries such as Haiti, or states such as North Carolina that bore the brunt of the punishing winds. Weathercasters warned that the good fortune wouldn’t last, but few heeded them.
Warnings to prepare took on new significance as the first hurricane approached. But long-term Floridians were skeptical of a direct hit. “Hasn’t happened in twenty-five years. You’ll see.”
They were wrong. Two hurricanes made landfall in almost the identical spot exactly three weeks apart—a statistical improbability, but it happened nonetheless.
During each hurricane I was frightened. Afraid of the sheer force of the wind. Anxious about the raw power of tidal surges rushing to engulf us. Wondering if our roof would hold and if the rain would ever stop.
But despite the howling wind and the pounding rain, I rested in the knowledge that I belonged to the One who “laid the earth’s foundation” and “shut up the sea behind doors” (Job 38:4, 8). I knew, beyond all doubting, that even hurricanes are subject to the God of creation. No matter what happened, I could trust Him. And after each storm, the summer sun returned, reassuring me that not only is the Creator powerful over His creation, He is also a loving Father who cares for His creation.
Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Precepts founder Kay Arthur and will be released by Revell Books October, 2013. Ava is also co-author of Faith Basics for Kids. The first two books in the series are Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? (Standard Publishing). Visit her at www.AvaWrites.com