I’d see the day that taking Rio to his monthly Ocularist appointment would ever take a back-burner to anything else!
This morning, I called them and told them I couldn’t make it, which is the first time I have ever done that in his 2 years of going there.
I sit here as one who knows a hurricane is coming, you do all you can to prepare for the hurricane, you board up the windows, you hoard food, you fill up your tank with gas, the tub with water, and then you wait. And wait. And watch the storm on the weather channel to track the movement of it, to see if the path will shift, and to see, ever so slowly, if it is going to hit you head-on, or just skirt around you.
We are sitting here in the still before the storm. It’s a beautiful day. But the air is eerie. It is still. Can’t really enjoy the beautiful day because of the anticipation in the air. Will this hit us head-on, or will it skirt right around us? Will we be pounded? Or will we just feel the heavy winds as it passes by?
The summer of the hurricanes, we were living in a little block house without any children yet, and we had good friends come over with us to “ride out the storm”. We sat and watched tv, and movies, and played games as the storm approached, and first hit until the power went out. Then we sat in the candlelight and listened- all. night. long. to the howling winds and the crashing and tearing of tree limbs and fences etc.
The feeling of powerlessness in these storms is so overwhelming. And the only comfort comes in placing yourself and your household in the arms of God- the one who can calm the storm, the one who commands the waves, and the one who holds me in his hands.
We slept very little that night, and went out at first light to observe the damage.
in our neighborhood there were a lot of older homes. Like homes from the 50’s and 60’s, so the trees in that area are tall, old pines. This is going to be hard to describe with words, but I will try my best. The winds were blowing HARD from the north to the south in that particular hurricane. And you could see the damage everywhere else was fallen fences, trees and debris being bent in a southward direction- EXCEPT THE HUGE PINE TREE IN OUR FRONT YARD. IT HAD FALLEN TO THE NORTH (AWAY from our house)!!! If it had fallen SOUTHWARD like all the others in the whole neighborhood, it would have certainly fallen right on top of our roof and crashed through our tiny little house. This tree was IMMENSE!
It literally looked as if it may have fallen SOUTHWARD, hit a huge invisible BUBBLE (or wing? *see below), and bounced back the other direction.
I personally believe that that “bubble” was a shield of protection that God or an angel, or whatever, had put there to protect those of us inside.
And that is what I am claiming today- as we await the coming storm, that God will place a shield of protection around us and mostly Vivia, like he promises in Psalm 91 This is the same Psalm I claimed right before the Hurricanes and now, I apply the faith of the power of this truth once more, in this situation.
1 Vivia dwells in the shelter of the Most High
and will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save Vivia
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover her with his feathers,
and under his wings she will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be her shield and rampart.
5 She will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at her right hand,
but it will not come near her.
8 She will only observe with her eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 Since she says, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and she makes the Most High her dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake her,
no disaster will come near her tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning her
to guard her in all your ways;
12 they will lift Vivia up in their hands,
so that she will not strike herr foot against a stone.
13 She will tread on the lion and the cobra;
she will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because Vivia loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue her;
I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.
15 SHe will call on me, and I will answer her;
I will be with her in trouble,
I will deliver her and honor her.
16 With long life I will satisfy her
and show her my salvation.”
Feel free to pray and declare this for Vivia today with us.