Prepare for the storm

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Columns

By Leslie Williamson

Storms are something we have become all too familiar with. Within the last few years we have seen our share of storms, not to mention experiencing the effects of several hurricanes. The latter part of last week was a time of uncertainty for us in South Carolina. We didn’t know if hurricane Irma would impact us the way Matthew had done or not so I decided to find out what we should prepare for and how should we get ready for what was to come. I found that there are three things that we need to do when a hurricane or storm is approaching.

1) Before the storm, prepare. Gather the necessary items you will need over the course of the storm.

2) During the storm, survive. Make sure you get to a place of safety and ride out the storm.

3) After the storm, recover. What didn’t survive the storm can be replaced or rebuilt.

In our lives we are destined to encounter storms. Storms are those things that move over your life and causes utter chaos and destruction. But we as believers have the same protocol when we discover storms are headed our way.

1) Before the storm, prepare. Read the Word and apply it to your heart, mind and soul so that when storms come, the Word will activate and keep you.

2) During the storm, survive. Hold fast to the Word that is in your heart and look to the hills from whence cometh your help (Ps. 121).

3) After the storm, recover. God will restore everything that was depleted from you during your tribulation. Joel 2:25, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”

As you can see there is always hope for the believer. Whether we miss the storm or have to go through it, Jesus has promised that He will never leave nor forsake us. If a storm has come over your life, then that simply means that you my friend are a survivor. So lift your hands and tell the Lord “thank you”! Be encouraged during this journey and know that God is for us! Every blessing to you all!