As I begin typing my blog today, the thunderstorms that started early this morning are continuing. Some people absolutely love storms. They find them calming. While other people are simply terrified by storms. They run for cover as soon as the storm begins. I recall as a child being scared of storms, especially those that happened at night. It seemed like the combination of darkness and storms was too much for me. I went running to my parents’ room. They calmed me down and invited me to sleep on the floor next to them. This bring to mind storms, or trials, that roll into our lives from time to time. When these storms come, we each have a decision to make. Will we run and hide from the storm or will we seek the shelter of our Lord? Hiding from our trials, or storms, will not make them go away, as much as we would like. We need to face whatever trials may come our way. However, without God’s strength and refuge we will not be able to withstand the storms of life. In Psalms 9:9 it states, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.“ He longs to comfort us, just like a parent does when a thunderstorm comes. God will pull you close and guard you until the storm passes. We know that the storms of life will come. The choice we have is how we will approach and respond to those storms.