Hurricane Irene made an unwelcome visit to much of the East coast this weekend.
We lived in south Florida for five years and endured four hurricanes. They certainly can be terrifying and destructive, as hurricane Katrina heartbreakingly demonstrated.
The night that our Florida town received a direct hit from hurricane Wilma was one of the scariest nights of my life. We were without power for nine days. There was destruction everywhere. Cleaning up all the debris in the yard took one full week. Traffic lights were down, grocery stores were empty, and curfews were imposed. It was something I will never forget.
As the clouds darkened and the storm approached our New England town on Sunday afternoon, I read Ps. 62 and was reminded where my true security lies:
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from Him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress and I will never be shaken…
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge..(vv. 1-2; 7-8)
This is a wonderful Scripture to cling to during all the storms of life.
We are safe in His all-powerful hands.
How did Irene affect you? (Fortunately, we only lost power for a short time and there was very little damage in our town).