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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Certainty in Uncertain Storms, Deux

Max Lucado shares a story in his book In the Eye of the Storm about two battleships assigned to train at sea. While there the weather grew increasingly worse over the course of several days. Visibility was poor. Fog settled all around them and the captain remained on the bridge keeping a watchful eye on all activities.

Shortly after dark one evening the wing reported, "Light bearing on the starboard bow."

"Is it steady or moving astern?", the captain called out.

The lookout replied, "Steady, Captain," which meant they were on a dangerous collision course with that ship.

The captain then called to the signalman, "Signal to the ship: 'We are on a collision course, advise you change course twenty degrees.'"

Back came the signal, "Advisable for you to change course twenty degrees."

The captain said, "Send: 'I'm a captain, change course twenty degrees.'"

"I'm a seaman second-class," came the reply, "and you had better change your course twenty degrees."

By this time the captain is furious and spat out, "Send: 'I'm a battleship! Change course twenty degrees!'"

Back came the flashing light, "I'm a lighthouse."

In order for the captain to survive and escape extreme danger in the midst of the storm, he had to change.

For us to survive our storms in life, we too will have to change. That change may be a direction, a habit, a relationship, a job, a decision, a belief system or a prayer life.

I promise, nothing brings you closer to God than prayer and nothing makes you pray more than dark, depressing, blinding, scary storms.

You may be on a collosion course for destruction and the storm could just be what God is using to bring you safely into harbor.

Here is a great scripture for you to pray if you are finding yourself in the midst of a storm:

Lead me in the right path, oh Lord, or my enemies will conqure me. Make your way plain for me to follow. Psalm 5:8

Tomorrow I will be sharing a little about my storm that hit 9 years ago this week.

Until then, I am praying for peace that passes all understanding to cover you, go before you and keep you if you are traveling through your own stormy weather this week.

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