Storms

This is clearly storm season in Colorado. There were 8 tornadoes reported in northeastern Colorado yesterday, with thunder and lightning, wind gusts and hail in other parts of the Front Range. We heard a storm warning about lightning in our area this afternoon, although that did not deter all of the golfers on the Highlands Ranch Golf Course.

This has been a stormy season in our household as well, dealing with Jan’s Parkinson’s Disease and PTSD. At times, the storms have felt overwhelming when frustration and anger related to these conditions boil over. Thinking about both kinds of storms this afternoon, the word that came to me was from Psalm 46:11 – “Be still and know that I am God”. One of the lessons that I have been learning as I more frequently face times of stormy emotion, is that as a caregiver, I need to be a non-anxious presence. Before I walk into a situation that is upsetting to both me and Jan, I need to stop, breathe, and find the calm, quiet place within me, knowing that God continues to be in charge of both the meteorological storms and the emotional and relational storms that are present. It is hard for me to keep from being reactive, even though I know that is rarely helpful. Instead, it is when I find that place of calm, the “peace that passes understanding”, that I am able to contribute to peace and not to whipping up the storm.

Louisa May Alcott addressed this situation well when she said “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship”. I am still learning how to sail my ship as well, and continuing to learn to trust that God is God, and God is with me in every kind of storm. May we all remember to be still, so that we listen for God’s reassurance that we are loved children of God, and that nothing can separate us from that love.

God of love,

Thank you for being with us in both the calm and the storms of life. Help us to find that point of stillness that allows us to be aware of your presence, and calms our anxieties. Thank you for your peace. Amen

Dave Erickson-Pearson

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