Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Withstanding The Storm

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

A storm defies social constructs: it rains on rich and poor, black and white, and just and unjust—anyone and everyone.  A weightier raincloud yields more an outpour. 

Eight years ago thousands of people chose to stay and ride out the rain.  Water levees broke and waves crashed on a city and buried many alive.  New Orleans was ill prepared to withstand a storm of this severity, Hurricane Katrina.

Fear leaves a devastating effect on us: the more we dwell in it little by little we drown. 

A flood may have devastated you once, so now you’re afraid of anything that sounds like a storm.   Remember thunder in itself cannot hurt you.  Nor can fear! 

Life’s storms will surely come.  Prepare yourself now by building up in maturity in Christ for the storm you will face later: dikes of faith, righteousness and love. When a storm comes, take courage in Christ, your refuge from the rain.  In Christ you have NOTHING to fear!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). 

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