Surprise Storms- Be Ready, Be Prepared!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8a
Recently I was reminded of the October storm that hit Western New York over 10 years ago. We were out during the day with 50 degree temperatures and sunny skies. As evening approached, the temperature was rapidly dropping, and snow began to fall at an incredible rate.
Because it was early October, the leaves were still on the trees. And because of the weight of this wet snow, the branches began to snap and ultimately, the electrical wires began to fall throughout the region. The end result was that hundreds of thousands were left in darkness. Fortunately, for the few, they were ready with a generator, and prepared with fuel which created the power to turn on the lights. They also had a peace knowing that everything was going to be okay.
The vast majority of people either had no generator or a generator with no fuel to put in it. For these people the results were devastating- flooded basements, heart attacks from trying to shovel snow, spoiled food in the refrigerator, no showers, TV, computers, and for many no communication.
When a surprise storm comes along in our personal life, the results are similar. We can be devastated from the effects of the storm. For the few believers that understand the power of the Holy Spirit (generator) and activated Him with prayer (fuel) had a peace and a calm knowing that everything was going to be alright. Holy Spirit is a gentleman- our prayer is the fuel we need that will spur on the power we can receive from Him.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
For the rest who don’t know the Holy Spirit or for those who do (but don’t activate Him with the power of prayer), their results will lead to fear, anxiety, lack of trust, and an attitude of no hope.
One observation from the October storm was that even though there was much devastation, when the sun finally came out and the weather was non-threatening, the masses still didn’t go out and purchase a generator along with some fuel for it. So many times after we have gone through a heart breaking time in our life and we’ve been overcome with all the loss, we do the same thing.
But let this October storm be a reminder to get in fellowship with the Lord through the Holy Spirit because you never know when the next storm is on the horizon. Knowing the Lord is with you will give you the confidence and peace you need through any surprise storm.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.” Luke 8:24