I’m roughly 700 miles away from my home in South Florida. Hurricane Irma is fast approaching. I’m writing this from a balcony that over looks the mountains. From this perspective, all is well. It’s quiet. It’s cool. It’s peaceful. And while I sit here and I read my bible and look to Jesus I find my heart steadied and peace that surpasses all understanding. But when I turn on the TV I have a different perspective. I see the latest updates on Hurricane Irma, I dwell on whether or not I will have a home when I get back to Florida, and more importantly, I worry about all my family and friends who are hunkering down waiting and ready to ride out this monster of a storm.
While I sit here and reflect and worry, fear, and anxiety begin to take hold of my heart, the Lord reminds me of Isiah 41:10:
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Whether you are in Florida or hundreds of miles away, you can choose which perspective you dwell on. I choose to hold onto the promises of God, trust Him, and believe He is still good even in the middle of a dangerous storm. I can choose to worry or I can choose to allow my faith to be strong enough to actually trust that what God says in His Word is true. I believe His Word is true. I believe He is with all of us…whether we are waiting out the storm or we have evacuated, God is with us and He will uphold us with His “righteous right hand.”
So as I sit here reading my bible, praying, and looking to Jesus my perspective shifts. I challenge you even when the rain comes and the winds begin, don’t allow your perspective to be shaped by your surroundings. Let it be shaped by the promises of God. Hold onto them. Lock your eyes on Jesus.
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