The tornado sirens went off yesterday at about 5:30 pm. We take that kind of thing pretty seriously around here, so the kids and I headed down to hide under the stairs, while Daddy checked for weather alerts to verify the alarm's veracity. After waiting for several minutes and the alarm ceasing to sound, we came back upstairs and I immediately left for my Tuesday night Bible study. The rain was coming down. The clouds were black and luminous. The wind was harsh. I kept on the look-out for funnel clouds. About 7 minutes into my drive, the rain started coming down harder than it had been. The windshield wipers were on full blast. And then....
...it was over.
I could see the edge of the storm as I drove out from under it, into a blue sky, and blinding sunlight. The wipers squeaked against the windshield, almost laughing at me since I didn't need them anymore. I was...full of wonder. The radio played:
Amen, amen to the God of graceI realized that those choruses were playing even in the roughest part of the storm and continued to play as I put down the sun visor and just drove in amazement. I felt like laughing and crying all at the same time because it was if God spoke to me through that odd weather moment. And I immediately started praying. That that glorious moment would be a metaphor of my life at present. That our lives as it pertains to working and finances would change as suddenly as that storm. One minute hiding while danger is looming and the next, basking in the sunlight and blue sky. That my husband and I would drive out from under that storm together. There is a song that says, "Sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms the child." I asked God if He could calm the storm now and thanked Him for endlessly calming His child.
Amen, amen He is worthy of praise
And on my way home later that evening, I prayed for you. Whoever and wherever you are. Knowing how painful that time in the storm can be. And hoping that if you are there now, that soon, we can be basking together in the glorious sunshine.
Does He ever speak to you in out-of-the-ordinary moments?