One of my goals this year is to compile and get these devos I wrote between 2000-2006 published. One year of devotions, 365 days of the year, in a book!
Enjoy and see how things were in February 2003 in CA and in TX!
|GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH|
AN EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.
THEREFORE WE WILL NOT FEAR, THOUGH THE EARTH GIVE WAY AND THE MOUNTAINS FALL INTO THE HEART OF THE SEA.
THOUGH ITS WATERS ROAR AND FOAM AND THE MOUNTAINS QUAKE WITH THEIR SURGING. *NIV
INSIGHTS AND THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS:
This past week my husband and I made a trip out to the West coast to visit our son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. This time of the year, midwinter for us is an unusual time for a trip there...but...we were beckoned there with the lure of seeing the grandsons play their fun sports of B-ball and hockey! It was a fun time with them and seeing nearly a half dozen games of these precious young boys playing their hearts out to win and to not disappoint their doting grandparents. The weather was gorgeous, sunny, warm, and the beginnings of springtime showing with the budding fruit trees and flowers coming out in a mirage of colors...daffodil yellows, burnt orange-reds-purple bougainvilleas, fire engine red blooms in the scrubs and trees, sky blues of the spring bulbs....oh...so much more color and beauty of this country...INDESCRIBABLE!
Our trip home was uneventful until we touched down in Texas. The ice storm of the year had just begun and we had a hundred miles to get to our home. The first clue was our car in the parking lot that was covered in ice and the doors wouldn't open and the windshield had several layers of ice on it! Our drive home took nearly 5 hours of creeping and crawling along the interstate highway. It was a tense time and I prayed many times for our safety and the safety of others traveling along side us. My husband, being the skilled driver that he is, maneuvered like he'd done this many times, without one complaint in those long arduous hours of 10-20 MPH and our vehicle fishtailing at times on the treacherous bumpy frozen ice. The windshields kept freezing over and we strained to see as the sleet continued to fall all those hours. It was God's protective hand over us and those out there Monday night that we didn't see one pileup or any serious accident! I thought as we drove and had plenty of time to pray and seek God's peace, that He truly is the God of refuge, strength, peace, and our ever present help in trouble.
Although this experience is not one I'd like to repeat anytime soon, I truly believe it was an adventure with God, letting me know that He is in control of my life and trusting Him through it all was another of my greatest lifetime lessons.
THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, IN OUR TIMES OF TROUBLE AND UNSURENESS OF LIFE. HELP US TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH US, BRINGING THE PEACE AND CALM WE NEED IN ALL OF LIFE'S SITUATIONS.
IN JESUS NAME....AMEN.