My family went to Church for communion service on Good Friday. After they handed out the elements the power went out, and everyone had to get on the floor under our pews. A police officer told the pastor the storm was already upon us and there was no time to exit to the underground tunnel. I was not aware of the severity of the storm until we left. Right across the street there were several emergency vehicles, and down the road was a building with all the windows blown out. At no time was there any fear as thousands of people sat in the dark. Instead people kept singing, and on our knees the worship service went on. It was beautiful reminder that in the presence of a holy and awesome God there is perfect peace in the midst of the storm! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:2).  As we left the realization of God’s protection set in.

We are living in crazy times, and the weather alone testifies to that. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time (Romans 8:19-22). Today we see natural disasters with increased frequency and intensity just as birth pains progress. As a part of creation we long for Christ’s return and his glorious reign on earth. Chances are in the days in which we live we will eventually have to walk through some things. But praise God we will NEVER walk through anything alone, because God is with us and will not leave us. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him (Psalm 34:7).

God shut Noah and his family in the ark, sealing them from the destruction poured out on the earth. God himself led the Hebrews out of Egypt. He passed with them through the Red Sea on dry ground. They didn’t even have to get muddy. On the other side was freedom, and the complete destruction of the enemy that wished to enslave them. Jesus met Joshua prior to the battle against Jericho when the Hebrews stepped into the promised land and rid it entirely of their enemies. Shadrach, Meshach and Abendigo were bound and thrown into the fiery furnace, but when the king looked-  He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25) Jesus went through the flames with them. Furthermore they came through not even smelling like smoke. The only thing burned were the ropes that bound them. God not only went through with these people, but he led them to victory and set them free in the process. What an awesome God we serve! That is our peace, not the absence of storms but his presence in the midst. God makes a way where there seems to be no way!

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