Over coffee this morning my thoughts and prayers are with those that are in South Florida and the Islands as Irma bears down on them today and throughout the weekend. South Florida holds my two adult children right now, and the islands hold precious memories of impoverished people who do not have the housing we are blessed to have in the States to withstand a storm of this magnitude. I am in prayer for everyone along the coast and in the Islands that God dip his hand in the ocean and create a barrier wall that protects all people everywhere from being harmed by this storm!
I am one of the blessed people in the human population that can say that she has stood in the eye of a hurricane. I grew up in South Florida, in the Hobe Sound & Port St. Lucie areas. I have rode out several hurricanes that passed across Florida in the 12 years I lived there. Many times you just sit inside, pray and pass time with card and board games, and wait to go outside and return your neighbors garbage cans and lawn furniture that the winds blew into your yard. Sometimes there are tree debris and other things to clean up, but for the most part it is bearable.
During the storm it sounds terrible from inside the house. The house shakes, the wind howls, and the shutters bang and buckle with the winds. The power often goes out and by candlelight you just enjoy the company of your family and friends. But sometime in the middle of all that chaos a peace descends, that is if you are fortunate to be in the path of the eye of the hurricane. I have gotten to experience this twice, once in the day and once in the night, it is something only those living on the coast can experience as storms often fall apart over land losing their structure as the land softens their force.
A hurricane is like a huge cyclone made up of bands of storms. The farther away from the eye the less organized and severe are the storms winds, rains and impact. The closer you get to the eye, the greater the intensity grows, making the eye wall the concentration of the storms wrath and fury. Something beautiful happens though once you penetrate the eye wall and are in the actual eye itself, there is a peace and stillness that escapes logic because all around you is total chaos and destruction, but you are standing in total calmness and safety. It’s a powerful moment that as a Christian we can learn from.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 NIV
It doesn’t matter what is going on around you. It doesn’t matter if the whole world is falling apart. It doesn’t matter that there might be destructive circumstances encircling you that you could never walk through as a mere human being alone, when you are with God you are in the eye, and he gives you a peace that passes all understanding. Your eyes may say all hope is lost and destruction is here and we are doomed….but your heart says “be still and know” and a peace that passes your human understanding falls onto you. Just as in the eye of a hurricane…you are surrounded by peace…despite this gigantic swirling destructive energy that encompasses you. You are safe, protected, and in a calm place when you are in the Lords hands!
The God that can create something of this power and this magnitude, can also give the breeze that a butterfly wing is lifted up upon. He is mighty and great, powerful beyond measure, yet gentle and caring to those that trust in him for their peace and safety. What a great and mighty God we serve! Greatly to be praised in ALL things and more powerful than all hurricanes combined! He holds us all in the palms of his hands and can shelter us from any storm – literally or figuratively- walk with grace knowing you reside in the eye of every storm!
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” – 2 Peter 1:2 NIV
15 thoughts on “Standing In The Eye Of The Hurricane”
That is when peace means a lot in the eye of the storm.
Yes! When it is so clearly defined against the backdrop of utter chaos and confusion!
I just received a call from the school district where my kids attend that school is cancelled for the next few days due to the threat of it hitting coastal SC. Once again, God is in control and we are safe in His arms.
The storm is big but our God is BIGGER!
Thanks for this post! Bam! Right after Harvey comes Irma. I pray that many will see the tenuousness of this life and turn to Christ.
Gods glory, his wrath, and his redemption are all around us…right now we pray that the eyes of the blind are opened to the REALITY – ALL need Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!
Thank you for this post. I am praying for everyone affected as I keep an eye on the news.
Amen! Prayer is what we are called for at times like these! God is in control! We stand on his promises AMEN!
We are praying for the people in the path of Hurricane Irma. 🙏🏻
🙏🏻 Standing with you and everyone else today lifting up and declaring Irma for the glory of God!
I just love your writings! I pray for your family’s safety throughout Irma. I lived many years in the Keys and rode out Andrew. Very scary…..we could all have the love of God’s arms right about now. Bless you –
I was in Port St. Lucie for Andrew and I agree it was scary stuff BUT we by Gods grace have lived to tell the tale. Thank you for your kind words, we are all standing together in prayer today and I can literally feel Gods arms around us. He is SUCH a great and mighty God but such a tender and loving father!!!!! God bless you too Dana!
Praying also. Praying for a family member there.
I feel for those affected by the storms and pray for the Lord to protect those living in the storms path.
I have been thinking if a hurricane&storms are these powerful and frightening,what about our God who is the maker of them all!
Yes Ma’am he is SO BIG AND POWERFUL yet gentle, kind and compassionate- he is the Alpha and the Omega! Amen!