For most of the week we have heard about Hurricane Ian and how it was going to affect our state. It did make landfall this afternoon in some of the areas we lived in the low country and some places that we would drive through and visit.
It has done some damage and caused some flooding. Our youngest lives in Charleston and they chose to ride it out. This morning we ran some errands and went to lunch with a friend. We came home and turned on a weather live stream.
In the meantime, we texted with family in the area and realized they were all safe and sound. Thank you Lord! I was fascinated to see the footage of the area we lived in for several years and found I had fascination to try and see beyond what was being broadcast.
There comes a time when after watching for a few hours you begin to realize the storm is onshore, and the remnants are present. We have been in the area long enough to know that tornadoes are always a possibility and we must be prepared.
All the time watching television and looking occasionally to our outside seeing that it is just a rainy Friday for us. As I sit here writing, the rain is a gentle rain and the wind is breezy. I know several people are still dealing with the vicious part of this storm, without power and seeing flood waters rising. And, it may become worse for us later today and this evening.
I am reminded that none of this has escaped our Lord’s attention. I marvel at the power of the water and the storm surges. I see that trees are ripped up and easily tossed.
I am fascinated by this all. The power of nature, the beauty of it all also. Our God created nature and all it’s properties. He knows the wrath of the ocean, and the force of winds. He spoke storms into being. Along with this, our God sees the hearts of the people affected. He knows the hurt, the fear, the panic people experience. He knows each and every moment of a storm.
You could wonder why He doesn’t stop storms, why He doesn’t prevent loss, why He doesn’t speak to the wind and the water. It’s a valid thought in these times, Why?
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 16:29-31 (NKJV)
Our God sees all, knows all and has a plan for us all. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and has counted those in our hairbrush. He has a plan for each one of us. He is aware of each bird that has fallen this week in this storm. He cares for them. We are so much more valuable than the birds of the air. He cares for you, and He has a plan for us in stormy weather and in calm.