message from Dorothy Mair
AND BEING PREPARED ……
There it was on the television, a huge hurricane in November,
centred over the whole of the Atlantic – and heading towards
the eastern States, with landfall predicted at New York City.
A hurricane, over
1,000 miles wide…can you just imagine ? I had seen the results
of a hurricane in my own small park in Florida, with roofs ripped
off and homes destroyed, but wondered what would happen to such
a huge low lying city as New York ? Like us Floridians, the only
thing you can do is to prepare for the worst – buy in water
and food, extra supplies, batteries for torches when the power
goes out, duct tape for broken windows, sandbags to hold back
the water……. and so on…….
Being in a hurricane reminds me of my own life from time to time.
We all have quiet times in our lives when the eye is over us and
when we have peace and contentment and praise God for these days
and years. There is a calmness to life at those times.
But when that tremendous storm of life is right over your head,
buffeting you with worries and fears and uncertainties for the
future, what DO you do ? Are you blown away by the sheer weight
and power of problems and events ? Do you flounder as the waves
of fear engulf you ? It’s so easy to give up at times like
that…..I know we want to do it all ourselves, but we can’t
….so hold on through the storm, ask the Lord to strengthen
you and stay close to His side.
He will feel pain and anguish with you, He will cry with you,
He will sit by your side through the greatest of storms and will
see you through to calmer days. As Christmas approaches and we
start to run around and panic, just stop what you are doing as
you read this. Stop and listen for our Lord’s voice. Speak
to Him and know His presence at Christmas and throughout the coming
year. May your new year be blessed.
Dorothy from Fort
Myers, Florida, USA.