The weather we’ve had this week has made me think ~ about storms, both physical & spiritual.

Snow storms usually cause plenty of panic. People rush to the stores to pick up bread, eggs & milk (I heard of one commentator who said this week, “What is it about a snow storm that makes people want to eat french toast?”).  Also, we try to be sure we have plenty of batteries for flashlights and back up heat, etc. And regardless of the severity of the storm, there are things that I just plain dislike about them: the wind, the cold, the possible power outages, the shoveling…the list could go on. But in spite of those things, there are also things I like about snow storms: quiet time with the family with few distractions, the chance to curl up with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa & a good book, the chance to “slow down” knowing there is nowhere to be.

In many ways spiritual storms are the same way. How many times when we see a possible storm approaching, do we panic? Rush around trying to prepare for what may happen? And I can’t think of anyone I know who enjoys this type of storm. I dislike the worry, stress & fear of the unknown that usually accompanies them. But then when the storm has passed (I usually don’t notice it during), I realize that God used that storm to make me “slow down”, re-evaluate my life & priorities…and most important take more time to spend with Him! Too many times when life is going well, it’s easy to get sidetracked and not spend quiet time with Him. I know God always uses the storms in our lives to grow us spiritually, but sometimes I think He is just encouraging us to slow down, grab our Bible & curl up in Him for a little while.

Psalm 9:9 ~ The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.