Today was a lovely warm spring day. In fact, after an extremely wet and cool spring, this was the nicest day yet. My husband and I had just come from watching an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet which our son had been in. After that we enjoyed some frozen yogurt with our son, daughter-in-law and my mom before heading home.
When we got home, I opened up all the windows. It was warm but there was a nice cool breeze and the house quickly became very comfortable. My husband and I were relaxing in our family room, chatting about the day when suddenly our conversation was interrupted by the scream of sirens.
Snapping on the television, we learned that a severe thunderstorm with 50-60 mph winds had suddenly erupted and was heading straight for us. We dashed about slamming down windows and shutting doors and managed to do so, just as the storm struck.
Sudden storms like this are not uncommon in my part of the country. Thanks to modern technology, we often have watches and warning nowadays in advance but despite all of that, due to our geographical location, very severe storms which often spawn tornadoes can come erupt without warning. Even without a tornado, straight line winds can do some pretty serious damage.
Earlier today, I read this verse:
When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
Proverbs 10:25 (NLT)
When a tornado is in the area, you want to get as low as possible. If you are in a building, that means it is preferable that you are on the ground floor or better yet, in a basement. If you are outside, you want to get down as low as possible and lying down in a ditch or a depression is preferred. In other words, you want to get right down upon a firm foundation for if the tornado strikes the building you are in or passes over you, it is your best chance of survival.
We as Christians have a lasting foundation that cannot be destroyed by any storm. That foundation is Jesus Christ. Though the wicked are whirled away by the storms of life, when we cling to the "lasting foundation, we are safe.
[quote]We as Christians have a lasting foundation that cannot be destroyed by any storm. That foundation is Jesus Christ. Though the wicked are whirled away by the storms of life, when we cling to the "lasting foundation, we are safe.[/quote]
It seems to me that the key word here is "when". So often we grasp hold of something handy which fails when we most need support.