Stillness in the Storm

| 10/24/2012 11:33:47 PM

Tags: storm, God, memories, son, clouds, still, porch swing, sky, promise, Donna Arthur Downs,


A Photo of DonnaLast night my son Brandon and I stood outside and watched the storm disembark. Tall, slender and easily blown about, he ran out into the field and gazed up to heaven in awe. He threw his arms out, paralleling the ground, and twirled around. “Isn’t it cool?” he yelled against the bellowing winds.

What we experienced at that moment was the awesome hand of God moving about the earth, changing the south winds to north, blue sky to gray, stillness to ravaging storms. Often these storms direct us to God when we otherwise don’t notice He’s there.

As the small, nearly transparent, lighter clouds danced eastward beneath the looming gray billowing vastness, we settled on the porch swing, watching the heavens move above us, feeling the winds engulf us and smelling the fresh summer rain. The all-encompassing gray cloud sat above us as a toadstool in the forest, in a distinct circular pattern, casting a shadow on the gesturing green grass.

A memorable time with my son. 

God must have felt the same way as He read our innermost thoughts of His mighty and breathtaking power. We acknowledged His presence, His authority, His sovereignty. A memorable time with His children. 

10/25/2012 7:18:11 PM

Donna, nature is pretty God awe inspiring that's for sure. I remember one 4th of July my family was watching the city fireworks from the 12th floor of the building of my work office. The fireworks display was awesome and had a main river front display with private fireworks all across the city. After about a hour of man's fire works, it almost like God was saying, "You want fireworks. I'll show you fireworks." For the next 30 to 45 minutes the most spectacular lightning show I've ever witnessed flashed from one side of the sky to the other dwarfing anything of man seen prior. The timing was perfect to show that no one can out do God. Have a great God awe inspired day.

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