[CF Devotionals] 2019-02-27 - Rain

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Like several other places up and down the Eastern side of the United States, there has also been quite a bit of rain in southwestern Virginia, the past few days. This following about two-and-a-half inches of snow (translating to just over an inch and a half of rain), then yesterday‘s light rain, and current intermittent downpours not ending until very late, has caused there to be a flood warning in effect for a couple more days. As my husband and I ran a couple errands and passed few places where a local creek runs, we noticed it was much higher than usual, and found ourselves grateful our trip out was nearly at an end. Our yard is on a peak area in this section of properties, so there is very little issue with flooding, yet there are areas in our backyard that are now puddling, due to the cool temperatures, lack of sunshine, and today‘s harder rainfall. This has me more concerned with areas closer to the creeks, as well as the Roanoke River running through the downtown and several surrounding areas. Living near the water normally has lot of advantages, yet clearly in times such as this, it may not feel like a joy. Knowing such situations will take place more often, for those living in proximity to bodies of water or in low-lying water-prone places, we can make plans of action in the event of potential and actual flooding - just as we might for loss of electricity, or other conditions out of our control that can occur. Most of us find it very unsettling, when there is a limit to how we can prepare.

Do you get frustrated or anxious, when it seems many circumstances are beyond your scope of control? The good news is there are steps we can take in most any situation, to be as prepared as I humanly possible. Beyond our own limitations, we can fully rely on God when we trust in him. He promises to take care of our every need, and the most important of them all is our spiritual welfare. We are safe in the shadow of his wing. When I am anxious, I confide in Him and look to his word. Humor also has a part in easing my mind. Today I looked up all the songs with the word rain in them. There were many that brought back memories, one from a trip to Florida that I went on, with my Mom and Dad. As we passed through Georgia, it had been pouring for an hour or two at the time. And while Steve had driven much of that leg of the journey, Mom was going to take over and give him a break. We pulled under an overpass, and they switched drivers as the Creedence Clearwater song Who‘ll stop the Rain played on their tape. We found ourselves laughing amid this stressful storm, partly because another song, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” just played, and due to the fact that there was not much else we could do. It was like a pressure release valve, if you will. We kept singing and moving on down the road. There would likely be clear indications of any need to alter our course, and as Mom would often say, “we‘ll cross that bridge when we get to it.” Who‘s at the helm with you? God can release your pressure, in many ways, when given the opportunity to be part of your daily life.

“As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we‘re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” (Luke 8:23-25 NIV)

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
  nd he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
  he waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
  nd he guided them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28-30 NIV)

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.” (Psalm 57:1-3 KJV)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1-11 KJV)

“Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.” (Psalm 17:7-9 KJV)

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