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God In The Storm. (Psalm 91)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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"I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him will I trust." (Psalm 91:2)

A woman looks to her faith to keep her calm during a severe thunderstorm replete with large hail, high winds, and even the threat of tornadoes.

Image of anvil crawler lightning (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

I write this on my laptop, which is, right now, running on batteries (they are good for two hours).  There is no power: power died when lightning hit a transformer outside.  We are currently under a tornado watch; the watch goes until 10:00 tonight.  I think the watch turned into a warning: it is really bamming and banging outside.

Don't hear the sirens blowing just yet, but they may do so shortly.  The skies look like midnight: bruised, blue-black, threatening, clouds pregnant with rain (and only God knows what else).  Wind is blowing over 60 miles an hour right now, and the thunder/lightning is nearly continuous.  It may only be 5:00 in the afternoon here in Tennessee, but it looks more like the middle of the night: the streetlights are on!

Yet even as nasty as it looks outside, I am not afraid.  This is not the first storm I have been in; seems like we've been inundated this year with storm after storm after storm: this is starting to become old hat for me.  We've had our fence blown down and some shingles torn off our roof, as well as small trees bowled over, but no real damage: I pray that continues.  So far it has.  I just hope we come through this latest round of severe weather in one piece!

I am relying on my Lord and Saviour to get me through this.  I am reciting Psalm 91 from memory as I look at the scared faces of my husband and kids.  I am trying to remain calm for their sake; don't want to make their StormFear any worse than what it already is.  I'm also singing "How Great Thou Art" and "I Will Praise You In The Storm".  My family is looking at me with weird expressions on their faces, but they know how I operate.  Whenever I get scared, I praise God, and He usually gets me through whatever I may be facing.  So what is one measly little storm?  As long as I trust in my God, then there shall be no problem!

Well, heck! The sirens are giong off.  Guess either a funnel was spotted or there may be a tornado wandring nearby (but don't hear any onimous rumbling in the distance; who can with all this wind and the constant thunder??).  Guess that means I'll  herd my little family to the basement and wait until this thing blows over. 

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Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 7/2/2011
Hi Karen! Standing firm in the Lord is always the best option one can exhibit. "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Ps 34:4. I'm sure your family found comfort through you. More scary days and nights are ahead! Keep the faith!

God Bless,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/29/2011
Very well written again Karen. I would have been in the basement at the first word Tornado.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/28/2011
Well done Karen, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/28/2011
I'd already be IN the basement ... LOL Yes, I trust God, but He also gave us the common sense to head to shelter when the weather gets threatening. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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