Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Rain Storm

I recently took a road trip to see my sweet daughter in law and my precious grandson. The trip is about a five to six hour drive and I left in early afternoon. Everything started out well, I had a good book to listen to, the roads were clear, there were no obvious obstacles.  But, then as time wore on and dark approached, it began to rain, then it began to pour, and then the sky opened up and torrential rains fell down all around me. Not only that, but water from the road in my lane, and the opposite lane, covered my car with such rapidity that I could not see where I was going. Suddenly, I was not having any fun at all! I just kept praying for God to take the wheel. I slowed down, moved over, and kept praying. Near the end of the horrid rain storm I received a phone call, and I noticed that as I talked about the storm and the stress of driving through it, and being in the dark, and feeling like I would never do it again, it helped me to have someone on the other end to listen to me. I had prayed for God to drive for me, and then He sent someone to also listen to me.
As I reflect back on the storms in my life, and there have been a few, I think God has often sent someone to be there for me. Someone to lend an ear, or to comfort, someone to love. I want to ask Him to use me to be the person to love others in their storms, to be there for them to love them.  I want Him to show me how to recognize the storms and know when to call.
I read a devotional this morning that I really liked and I relate to as well. It was based on Isaiah 6. In this chapter Isaiah has the experience of seeing God Almighty and when he does he cries out that he is ruined! His life is forever changed, because he answered the call for God to send him!
I know I have answered the call for God to send me, and I will confess that there are times that  when I regret my life is not a life of leisure- travel, sleeping in, reading all day, bon-bon's- I have to fall to my knees and give the wheel back to God. For I know in my heart, this is not my life, it is His, and I will go where He sends me, and blossom wherever that is!
Say That Again, Sweet Jesus, You are the driver in my life, You get me through the storms. Send me!

"Woe to me" I cried. "I am ruined"!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King the Lord Almighty. Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the alter. With it he touched my mouth and said "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, " Here I am, send me!" Isaiah 6:5-8

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