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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
TITLE: In the Eye of the Storm
By Darlene Kennedy
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We had no idea of the storm that was churning out in the Atlantic with its eye on the eastern United States. By late August, Hurricane Katrina entered the Gulf of Mexico, its landfall still a mystery. From Florida to Texas, thousands prepared for what proved to be one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the United States, a CAT 3 at landfall with winds in excess of 130 mph. It came ashore on August 29th, killing more than 1,800 people and leaving millions homeless.
In Katrina's aftermath, the Mississippi Gulf Coast once again was left in shambles. The majestic oaks uprooted, the mansions nothing but empty slabs amid a desolate landscape. Cars and boats littered the highways for miles inland. The damage was catastrophic. So it is with nature's fury.
So it is with life! Likened to the force of a hurricane, trials, and tribulations assail us with incredible force, often unexpected and every bit as frightening. Buffeted on all sides, tossed to and fro, and unable to maintain our balance, we yearn to evacuate our present situation, to seek shelter from the relentless forces that shattered the calm of our yesterdays. There is something, however, we can learn from a hurricane. It is found in the eye of the storm. Though the winds and rain can be extremely strong and deadly, the outer bands often extending hundreds of miles in diameter, the eye itself remains calm. When we are faced with insurmountable issues in our lives, we can find safety in the eye of our storms. It is found in Yeshua, who is our peace. The closer we draw to him, the safer we will be. We can take our problems to him, trusting that he will provide the answers we seek. He will shelter us in his protective care and put to rest all our doubts and fears. He is mightier than any storm and is waiting with open arms to lead us through them all. Philippians 4:6-7, John 14:27 KJV
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