With a crash of thunder I was jolted awake. I fumbled around in the darkness, feeling for the throw pillows and a couple of books that occupy my husband’s side of the bed during his deployment. I tossed the items on the floor, clearing a place for my four-year old, who entered with a whimper right on cue. Like a well choreographed dance she and her blanket found themselves into my arms and then over to Lee’s side of the bed, her head perfectly positioned below my shoulder. Her quick, sharp breaths became slow and heavy as her fear subsided. In spite of the crashing thunder and flickers of lightning that continued, her breathing remained steady.
Over the past few months I’ve found myself in a similar position. My storm began when I kissed my husband goodbye and sent him to a combat zone over 7,000 miles away. I cried out to God, and I ran to Him. God already knew of my storm. In fact, He doesn’t only protect me during the storm; He is in control of it.
As I’ve been studying the life of Daniel, the Holy Spirit has reminded me that my life is ultimately not my own. When Daniel was stripped away from his home and was taken to Babylon, he put his trust in God and remained faithful (Daniel 1-2). He trusted that God had a plan for his life, and God used him to accomplish His purpose. When God gave him the interpretation to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, thus saving numerous lives, Daniel cried out to God saying,
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding…”
Daniel was faithful, and God gave him everything he needed.
Have I put my trust in God and remained faithful during the storm? I can find peace in Him when I realize that He alone is in control. He will give me everything I need.
Thank you for the storm, because through it I’m reminded that everything I need is in You. May my life bring You glory.