The Mess Is Coming

The meme slowly moving around Florida right now states: “Waiting for the hurricane is like being stalked by a turtle.”

We’ve not yet had any serious storms this hurricane season, which is June 1 through November 30. However, major hurricanes often happen from mid-August through the end of September.

Enter Hurricane Ian which is approaching a category 5 hurricane. The highest category they identify.

We’ve heard about his progression from a tropical storm to a full-bore hurricane over the past week. The blessing and curse of the Weather Channel–we’re made aware of what’s coming, but since Ian is moving at only ten miles per hour, the wait is agonizingly long. Those on the west coast have been told to evacuate because the winds, rain, storm surge, and flooding will have a huge impact.

Our pond is full and our tree is pummeled.

Not everyone wants to leave. There are those who eschew the order and hunker down for the duration. They own responsibility for their decision.

The damage is real. The west coast of Florida is getting battered by rain, winds, and floods. Orlando, in the middle of the state, isn’t free from the effects; we’ve been averaging five inches of rain an hour. Our ground is super-saturated from our recent storms, so this will allow for flooding, roof damage, and trees being knocked over because of excess water and wind.

Every storm in life has ripple effects. They’re never solitary in nature.

It’s how we choose to deal with them that makes the difference.

Jesus had been healing many people around the Sea of Galilee, and in His humanity, He was tired. He and His disciples were in a boat heading to the other side of the lake when a huge storm hit. Among them were many fishermen, and they understood the challenge of these strong storms.

Jesus had fallen asleep in the boat. His men were panicking.

“The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’

Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith.’ Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.’ The disciples were amazed. ‘Who is this Man?’ they asked. ‘Even the winds and waves obey Him.’” Matthew 8:25-27

These men had been with Jesus for quite a while. They’d watched Him heal people, feed masses with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, and yet they were clueless as to who He really was.

The storms in our lives push us to places of fear and despair because we feel out of control and without hope. Jesus can choose to calm the storms around us, but more often He chooses to calm those places of distress within us so we may face the unexpected and that which we can’t control with hope in Him.

Nobody can control Hurricane Ian. It’s a force of nature that people can only report on and hopefully help us prepare for.

We have to choose whether we listen to their advice or not.

Storms in life always happen. We can be prepared by allowing Jesus’ power and peace to fill us with hope, or we can go it alone.

Our choice.

16 responses to “The Mess Is Coming”

  1. Praying ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ for you and wishing you the best possible outcome. May your faith save you from fear!

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    1. Thanks, my friend. I deeply value and appreciate your prayers.

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  2. Hi Dayle! So sorry to hear about this as we in England can’t imagine a storm like that as we simply don’t have them…But i just wanted you and your family to know…
    ๐Ÿ™ My prayers are with you and your family!
    Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. We’ve been so fortunate. So many even blocks from us have been flooded and have had serious damage. I appreciate your prayers, my friend,

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  3. Stay safe Dayle. We are praying for you and all in the stormโ€™s path.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. We are in a good place–which is quite astounding considering we have friends just blocks from us that are flooded and have significant damage. The roads are flooded and we’re now on the back side of the hurricane and it’s still really windy and raining like crazy. There’s something majestic in this power, though.

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  4. Powerful insights Dayle. May you and your family be safe and protected in this storm and all the storms that come our way for years to come. You are not alone. โ™ฅ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ÿ™

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. I really appreciate your kindness. There’s so much power in this storm! Major highways have been destroyed or are closed. Flooding everywhere. But we’ve done remarkably well and feel so blessed. The wind and rain continue, but there’s a certain majesty and magnificence in this power. Kind of mind boggling.

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  5. Thought about you guys so often today as I watched the news. “This to shall pass” is so true, It’s the process we find challenging!!! Is.43:2-3 …”I will be with you…”
    Praying for your safety and that you will experience the peace of His presence.
    Blessings my friend

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    1. Thanks, Chris! This was indeed a chance to wait and watch and see what the Lord would do in this situation. We were so fortunate–and so many others experienced such incredible damage and loss. And yet, I saw God in the power of the storm and rain–His majesty is everywhere. And He is sovereignly over all. Appreciate your prayers, my friend.

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  6. Another beautiful post, Dayle! I especially love this: “Jesus can choose to calm the storms around us, but more often He chooses to calm those places of distress within us so we may face the unexpected and that which we canโ€™t control with hope in Him.” With Jesus in the boat, I can smile in the storm…he is our peace!!

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    1. And stay safe, my friend!!

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      1. Thanks, my friend. We made it through with flooding on our street but our home stayed dry. I felt incredibly blessed–people all around us experienced much harsher issues. The magnificence of the storm, however, reminded me that God is in the details, and in His sovereignty, He allows the storms. I’m still pondering that.

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  7. Keep faith in Him. He is the protector of us . Everything will be okay. Beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks, Priti. I love your heart for truth and grace and God!

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      1. You are welcome! Amen! Read my story also.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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