Hurricane Ike is barreling down on the Texas Coast and those of us in Houston are ... waiting. Well, some have evacuated, but my family is hunkering down. This seems to be the operative phrase of the day.
I have to admit that in times of panic, I am not always as quick to assume a knees to the earth posture as I should. I am interested to see how I will react in the next 24 hours in moments of fear and uncertainty.
Peace, be still. That is the message I am reciting to myself and the one I hope to communicate to my kids. (Certainly, it is the message that my husband, the rock, is telling me.) The God who spoke everything into existence has not gone on vacation. He is right here with us. And no matter what, he will continue to be with us.
I pray for the safety of my loved ones and friends and neighbors. I pray for the safety of all who find themselves in the path of this storm. And I also continue to pray for the miracle ... that the hurricane might dissipate.
At times like this, it is easy to wonder if Jesus is asleep in the boat. Asleep or awake, he is here, right here, and more than able either to calm the storms around us or calm the storms in my heart.
That much I am certain of.