Isaiah 4:5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain. (ESV)
Lord, we are afraid of storms. They remind us how powerless we are and unable to even predict what will happen next. All of our wisdom flees us as we try to determine the future and plan for it, knowing that our plans are powerless against what will really happen.
Storms remind us of our ignorance and the fragile nature of our efforts to control things. We are left vulnerable. Aware that if we have only ourselves to rely upon that there is only a little strength that we can muster in comparison to the strength of the storm.
Lord, help us in the storms we face. Some may be physical, some emotional. some intellectual, some in our relationships with those we love, and some in our relationship with YOU.
You have promised a day when all the storms of this "East of Eden" life will end. Your kingdom will come. Your glory revealed. YOUR presence will be so revealed to us that YOU will be our shade and shelter. No storm can touch us when we are under YOUR full manifestation of grace and love.
Help us now, in this present moment, remember YOUR promises and love. Be our shelter from the storm this day. Lift us up. Guide us now. Amen