Grace

With the recent hurricanes, I know that natural disasters are still on the minds of everyone.  Seeing that Hurricane Irma was going to cover all of Florida, it was almost too difficult to understand.  Especially, when its path changed, and people knew it would continue into Georgia and parts of Tennessee.  For myself, I have never had to prepare for a hurricane, and there has never been a tropical storm in Georgia.  Even to write that statement is crazy–a tropical storm in Georgia?  Many prayers were lifted up on behalf of those who were in the path of these storms–Texas and Florida–and my entire family was praying for the safety of friends, family, and ourselves.  The winds were rough in my area and the rain fell.  Yet despite how intense it was here, I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation that came to the areas that were hit the hardest.

After this crazy week, grace has definitely been on my mind, which might sound strange considering the latest events.  However, I am grateful to report that my friends and family made it safely through the storms.  I already knew that God cared about every detail of our lives, but when you see it played out in front of you, it takes on a more profound meaning.  Realizing that my area of Georgia was not hit like they expected it might be is a miracle, and that is something I do not want to forget.  I want to remember how the Lord protected me…again.  He is always with me during every storm of life–whether that is an actual storm or some other challenge I might face.  He has proven His faithfulness time and time again, and through each and every event, I am still left speechless.  How could He love me this much?  I cannot comprehend it.

This year has been filled with changes and challenges, but with each step, I know that the Lord is the one Who is helping me put one foot in front of the other.  He knows my past, present, and future; therefore, He is good, and I will trust Him.  I wanted to end this piece with a quote that is dearly loved by one of my best friends:

“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it.  I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”  C.S. Lewis

I pray that each one of you are doing well and were not hit too badly by the hurricanes.  Please know that my prayers are with you, but more than that, God is with you.  He is bigger and greater than any hurricane that might come your way, and He is always ready to save and protect you–just call on Him. 

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