I've only experienced one ice storm in my life, at least that I can remember. It happened in 2009 and caused us to go on an impromptu camping trip in what felt like the middle of Antarctica. As with any successful camping trip, preparation is key. With this storm, it came out of nowhere and we had blind faith that underground power would somehow protect us. Even though we had a fireplace, our meager woodpile wasn't prepared for the record low temperatures. Or length of the power outage. Or the lack of communication as phones were inoperable.
In the end, our family had to make the choice to separate. Tim, between his paid job and the volunteer fire department, was basically on constant call. He shipped us to my mom's in what was the scariest ride of my life, feeling like I was strapped into a giant ice skate. But we survived.
Yesterday, as I headed to gather a few needed supplies and to restock my pantry, fear and worry began to creep in. But I was reminded, the best way to prepare for any storm in life, is to face it in prayer. And God whispered, "I got this."
It is so easy, and the enemy is ever-ready, to let situations in life we can't control overwhelm us. No amount of worry can change the course of a storm. But I know the One who can calm the seas with a wave of His hand.
Sometimes we can see the storm coming, like the forecast we have this weekend. Sometimes storms come without warning. Whatever you are facing right now, know that you can lean on the One who is stronger than any storm.
This girl's winter weather storm kit includes a heat source, through our fireplace (gas converted), a light source, through extra candles, a food source (and a manual can opener), but most of all, a life source, my Bible. Sure to be good reading for all the peaceful quiet time -and the ultimate resource, should this weekend's storms arrive.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.