Who is holding the umbrella during the storms of your life?

Last night, I was up first because my youngest just did not seem to get the concept that it was bed time and everyone, including her, needed to go to sleep.  After putting her back to bed countless times, I decided to read for a while.  About this time, I heard the wind begin to pick up and it started to storm.  This, of course, is no big deal in the spring, but you do not normally think of a thunderstorm in February.  It got me to thinking.  You and I never know when life’s storms will be coming our way.  However, if we are under the cover of God’s umbrella — His protection and love — we do not have to be concerned about what may come our way.  We can rest knowing that God is there with us through the storm and we are protected.  However, there are those times when we think we have it all under control and we do not need God’s help.  It is like when a parent and small child are out in the rain and the child insists on holding the umbrella.  If you have seen a small child with an umbrella, you know that she can not hold it up very high or usually very straight.  The parent has to stoop down to get under the umbrella and neither one is completely kept safe and dry.  It is not until the parent picks up the child and carries her and the umbrella that they both feel the true protection of the umbrella.  The same principle is unquestionable of God.  In Hebrews 13:5, God says “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  He promises to never leave us, even when the storms of life come our way.  It is during these times that God promises to hold us in His mighty hand, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).  We simply need to give the control back to Him; it’s His anyway.  God is in control of everything, including a thunderstorm in February.  Give up the hold you have on trying to control the storms in your life and rest in the protection of God’s unfailing promises.

Speaking of God’s promises, do not forget to sign up for the online Bible study, “The Shelter of God’s Promises.”  The study will start on March 11th.  Check out the previous blog post for more details.  Also, if you let me know before this Saturday, March 3rd, you will be entered to win a FREE copy of the Bible study book, “The Shelter of God’s Promises” by Sheila Walsh.  One final note, for those in the Terre Haute area, Sheila Walsh is the keynote speaker at this year’s Women’s Unity Night on March 9th and 10th.  I would love to have you join in this study, as we dig deeper to uncover the promises God has for us.

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