About my Dad : Storm

Poem 27 : Storm

Scripture : Matthew 14:22-36


They come in many shapes and sizes
No two are alike
People with lots of education try to predict them
They are right only so often
Lots of technology tries to help us be more accurate
Even then, it’s only slightly better
With all the experience, predictions and technology
Nothing can slow them down or stop altogether
In bad storms, we are advised to take shelter
These shelters help shield the worst
Anything in its path is consumed
Many times, total destruction is the result
In life, storms are much like the weather
We can prepare, we can educate ourselves
Sooner or later we all face them
Something that seems too big to comprehend
We are not sure about making it
Concern, fear and uncertainty show up
These feelings consume our every thought
In the eye of the storm, a temporary calm happens
We’ve weathered the storm, a brief reprieve
A small still voice reminds us He is there
Through every challenge, every worry
He will not leave or forsake us
The next time a storm hits your life
Remember Jesus and what he did for us
Where two or more meets, he is there
He can bring calm like an eye of the storm
Thank you, Jesus, for being there always
Bringing yourself and heavens armies to protect us


Story Behind the Poem

A friend from church was having surgery. It was rather involved and the insurance wasn’t cooperating. In pursuit to have the best place perform the procedure, the insurance wasn’t being helpful. This can only add anxiety, worry to the situation. Instead of focused 100% on the situation, a distraction presented itself in the middle of the storm.

I was reading a book that described an example how God can protect us from the enemy. Imagine being surrounded by a circle of angels protecting and blessing us. The enemy couldn’t proceed through the protection to try to inflict doubt, concern or worry. I prayed that image for my friend. May God use these words to bless them.

Additionally, our pastor was doing a sermon on the power of words. I was encouraged by the scripture examples our pastor used. It brought me back to when my kids were growing up. I didn’t know how I was going to make it at times, life was depressing. Then my Dad and Mom had encouraging words. Watching your kids grow up and realize you are their parents, your words can help encourage whatever storm they might be facing, big or small. Jesus’s example in Matthew 14, where he walks on water and has the power to ‘calm’ the seas demonstrates He can calm any storm in our lives. Positive words can calm storms in your loved ones lives.

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