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Monday, March 5th, '18

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TWISTER

"...the wind was contrary" (Matthew 14:24)

 

The local news didn't report it, the firehouse siren didn't sound, so some might suggest I'm making this up, but last week on I-27 just south of Amarillo I looked up into the west Texas clouds and thought, "We're in trouble". Within ten seconds a swirling mass of black dirt and debris headed toward the highway and I and about four other cars drove right through the center of it. Pitch black for around two-hundred yards, I emerged from that dirty vacuum on the median shoulder shaken but safe. Someone tried to put the fun back in funnel cloud. I wasn't amused. It is one thing to face a storm, quite another to go through its vortex. Mine was about an F-1, maybe F-1/4 if there is such a thing. My heart goes out to the folks in tornado alley that have lost houses and histories in the eye of the evil twister.

 

Jesus has been there, done that. Once He slept through a storm squall in the hinder part of the ship while the rest of the disciples panicked. Another time He came walking on the waves in the fury of Galilean wind gusts. Obviously, we are no match for nature's elements. Jesus walked on the waves but we usually have to ride the storm out. My hands tightened on the steering wheel. Grip is everything in a twister. True story; a gal near St. Louis earlier this month was sucked right through her car's sun roof into the cyclone. You have to hold tight when hell unleashes its fury. The good news, she made a soft landing, because though she had lost her grip on Jesus, Jesus hadn't lost His grip on her. It's good to know you're in good hands with Jesus!

 

My storm seemed to come out of nowhere. If a person had time to brace his or herself it would be easier to cope with the heartbreaking diagnosis, the call to the emergency room, being served divorce papers or those dreaded walking papers. Wham! All the sudden the twister shows up. There is no time to catch up on your praying then. Faith kicks into reserve mode. What you are made of is exposed on the spot. My car kind of went on auto pilot. Was I even driving? Jesus puts His hands over our hands in the critical hour. He becomes our storm shelter. It was all over in a few seconds. Paul called it "our light affliction, which is but for a moment..." (2 Corinthians 4:17) While going through it one would hardly call it either light or momentary but looking back at our storms we regain perspective. "This too shall come to pass". Twisters come "to pass". Mine passed across the interstate, lifted back into the clouds and just like the tempter, "departed from [Jesus] until an opportune time" (Luke 4:13 NKJV). That means the clouds will rotate again, we don't know when or where. That inevitability will make some stay inside, or you can come out to play. Fear or faith, one will win the battle for the mind. As for myself, I choose to keep driving weather forecast notwithstanding.


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