I have lived in Florida my whole life. We know that hurricane season runs from June to November. And usually September is the busy month. Some years there have been no storms. Other years there have been crazy storms. 2017 has been a record setting year. One we won’t soon forget.

Her name was Irma and boy was she a doozy!! It started a week before she landed. Weather channels and social media began warning us of her arrival and trying to pinpoint the place she would come in at. East. West. Center. No one knew. The stress leading up to her landing was crazy. To stay or evacuate. And if you evacuate, where would you go since it looked like the whole southeastern portion was gonna feel her effects. Would she be a category 5 or less?

I would love to tell you my faith was stronger than ever. But watching it all and the unknown had my fears heightened and my nerves fried. I hate storms, especially middle of the night ones. Then one day last week, a friend of mine posted a list of scriptures on storms. And my outlook changed. Why hadn’t I thought to start getting in the Word and looking for these verses? Why had I been feeding on the news and social media? I love social media but let’s be honest, sometimes it escalates the fears and can not be such a great thing.

I began reading these verses and my faith started getting stronger. I began praying to the God who created the wind and waves. Instead of fretting first. I know to do these things. But often in times of stress and fear I forget them! I know it sounds crazy!

Here are some verses I quoted during this time. Whether you apply then to a physical or spiritual storm, they are so comforting!!

“He calmed the raging storm, and the waves became quiet.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭107:29‬ ‭GNT‬‬
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, because I come to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings I find protection until the raging storms (hurricane in Message version) are over.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭57:1‬ ‭GNT‬‬
“Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you; in all things you are faithful, O Lord.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭89:8‬ ‭GNT‬‬

And my absolute favorite:
“The Lord rules supreme in heaven, greater than the roar of the ocean, more powerful than the waves of the sea.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭GNT‬‬

I can’t tell you that devastation didn’t happen or that the storm disappeared. It didn’t. Lives were lost. Homes are lost. Power is still out all over the state. Flooding happened. The rivers are rising where I live and houses are still in danger. People are still displaced. But I can tell you it could’ve been worse. Irma was projected to hit land as a 5. But didn’t. All the wobbles, the way she responded in Cuba, all helped weaken her. She didn’t skirt the coast as much as predicted, so she was able to weaken. She was a category 1 by the time she got to us! At one point she was supposed to be a 3, so I’d call that a big blessing!!!

My faith has been strengthened. I’m sure I will fret and fear before praying again. I’m sure we will have another hurricane and I’ll freak out. But I hope the things I learned this time will come to my mind quickly and that I can turn to Him quicker each time!

Mrs. Reba Land

Mrs. Reba Land

"The Joy of the Lord is my Strength" (Nehemiah 8:10b).