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Hurricane Irma has come and gone.
As I reflect on the storm, I praise God for bringing me and my family through it.
One thought comes to my mind again and again.
It could have been so much worse.
In our area, it was predicted to be so.
After surviving a storm like this one, all I can think about is how grateful I am.
Here are some gratitude thoughts which came to mind in recent days.
Thank You, Lord, that:
Our home received minimal damage.
Although my parents’ mobile home on Florida’s east coast sustained some damage, their home remains liveable.
All went well in staying overnight at the hospital where I work, and as far as I know, we had no damage to our building. The storm bonded me closer to team members and my boss as we went through the storm together.
Although our power remained off for days, it was restored before the estimated day.
The storm and no electricity caused our family to draw closer together.
The storm brought me and my husband closer to our neighbors.
The storm helped me grow in gratitude for the little everyday things I take for granted.
You used the storm to draw me closer to You.
And the list goes on.
As I reflect on Hurricane Irma, I’m reminded of blessings in the midst of storms in my spiritual life. An important one which always happens–if I keep my eyes on Him–is that I’m drawn closer to the Lord.
It’s key that I keep my focus on Him. Otherwise during the storm and afterward, I turn to complaining and being overwhelmed by negative thoughts. I give in to fear and my faith falters.
On the Christian radio station I listen to, I heard a truth before, during and after the storm which says God is my refuge in the time of storm.
I looked up the verse today and thanked God for how true it has been in my life—through every storm I’ve faced—literal storms and those in my spiritual life.
‘You have been a refuge…a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm.” Isaiah 25:4 NIV
Monday evening after the storm when we had no electricity, my husband, daughter, granddaughter and I sat out on our lanai with lit candles on the table and talked, enjoying just being with one another. If the electricity had been on, we would have been watching TV or in separate rooms doing our own thing. I felt so grateful that evening—that God spared us from what could have been so much worse. I also felt grateful for a loving family and all the other wonderful intangibles I possessed in my life.
“The storm” reminded me of what really matters and all I have to be grateful for.
Note: Continue to pray for those in Key West and the Caribbean Islands who have faced devastating destruction. God is able to encourage them and restore their losses. Pray the people will turn to Him as their continued refuge in the storm and in the aftermath of the storm.
You Are My Refuge-Maranatha! Praise Band