Heartprints

Are You Scared of Tornado’s?

Ok call me a sicko but I’m fascinated by Tornado’s.  I’m utterly afraid of them yet I will not pass up a Tornado show on the Weather Channel if it’s on.  The funny thing is that I live in the heart of Tornado Alley and just this spring, we narrowly missed getting hit by one or two of them.  What is it that attracts me and other sicko’s like me to Tornado’s? 

 

I don’t know for sure but when you think about it, Tornado’s are truly fascinating things.  They are elusive, often spontaneous and merciless.  They can wreck a whole neighborhood in seconds and they know no bias although they always seem to find trailer home parks without any problem – again fascinating. 

 

Let me ask you a question?  Have you ever had people or situations in your life that were like a Tornado?  

 

You know, that person that came into your life and with little or no warning and ripped through your life causing damage?   Could be a boss, co-worker, friend, neighbor or stranger that somehow or another seemed like they dropped from the sky and turned your life into a debris cloud?

 

Or perhaps, you have had something bad happen in your life that basically leveled you?  Car wreck, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, personal injury or financial situation that got out of control and you could do nothing to stop it? 

 

It could even be something where the tornado started out as an F1 and gradually built into an F5 like a bad marriage, your children’s behavior, an addiction or something from your past that came back to haunt you?  

 

In all cases, do you know what experts tell you to do to protect yourself from a Tornado?  They say to get to the safest room in your home, get face down and cover your head.  

 

Do you know how to protect yourself from people and situations that come into your life like tornados?  

 

You do the same thing…you get to your safest room (home or church), you get face down, cover your head and most importantly PRAY!   

 

King David understood this.  He prayed all of the time and if you look up 2 Samuel 22 we see where David responded to several tornados in his life and how God protected Him through it all. At the end of the day, David praised God through the storms of life.  David knew God was bigger than any storm that came his way. 

 

I firmly believe the Lord needs us to go through storms in our lives to draw us closer to Him and to build the character He wants us to have.  The most important thing to remember is to remain faithful to God and trust Him in the storm and He’s guaranteed to get you through it.  Even people who don’t make it through a real tornado have nothing to fear if they are God's faithful in Christ. 

 

One of the the funniest meme’s this year for me was the “I Ain’t Scerd No Nader’s” meme. Please forgive me if this picture offends you in any way but it sort of represents my point pretty well with the type of mentality we should have when the storms of life hit us and and the threat of tornado’s are near. 

 

We don’t have to be afraid of those storms we just need to get through them. However, unlike that guy with the American Flag and shotgun as his defense, we need to do the right thing and find our safest room, get face down, cover our heads and Pray.  But like that guy, we don’t have to be scared of no Naders – we can have that kind of confidence because our God is bigger than any storm that comes your way and he doesn't even need a shotgun.  

 

Brian  

Disclaimer: No tornado's were harmed or shot with a shot gun during the writing of this blog.  

Brian Holt

Brian Holt was called into and has served in children's ministry for over 20 years. Brian has had the privilege to lead in children's ministries ranging from mega-church to plant church size. Brian currently serves as the Family Pastor at Rock Creek Church in Prosper, Texas overseeing age groups from birth through 6th grade as well as leading the Marriage Ministry. Brian has been married to his lovely wife Amy for over 22 years and they have 5 amazing kids. Brian's passion is to share the gospel with as many children as he can and to help married couples live marriages centered around Christ.