By: Tanya Stayton
What do I mean? I’m so glad you asked. Do you ever feel like are on a roller coaster going up and down and round and round and the only thing you want to do is to “GET OFF”! Or maybe you feel like you are in the middle of a storm with Hurricane force winds and flooding rains and destruction everywhere and wondering “HOW DID I GET HERE”? Many times we are our own worst enemy. As I sat here this morning watching all the destruction done by Hurricane Irma my mind went back to the “Mandatory Evacuation Plan Issued”. So many people have been injured, some have died, some have lost everything, and some are walking away devastated and yet there was a plan of “Escape” and some chose to stay for the storm.
Many times do we choose this in our own lives? Do we make foolish decisions by choosing to stay in the storm God has never chosen for us to stay in. In the storm He is our way of escape. Many times He puts things and people in front of us pointing to the way of escape and yet we choose to “STAY in the STORM”. We choose to ignore the evacuation plan. In our pride and in our foolishness sometimes we make devastating decisions that affect our life and the lives of those around us. God’s intention is not to bring harm to us or our families. He wants to give us a good future.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. (Jeremiah 29:11)
He wants us to walk in joy. He wants us in peace and to know He is the one who brings the calm.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
In our foolishness we choose the wrong thing many times. We choose to stay in the hurricane. Because of foolish choices we put other people’s lives at risk. People put their lives on the line trying to rescue us from the flood waters that we chose to stay in until we can’t get out. Many people have lost their lives trying to help people that refused to help themselves. When you think about it, does that really make sense? Is that really fair to the ones around you? So many times we are so wrapped up in what we want we that we don’t see that our decisions are affecting those around us and we are in turn becoming an abuser to those we love not meaning to.
The hurricane is a force of nature and yet it attacked nature. That’s what happens to us. Sometimes we attack those people that we love. We put them in harm’s way all because of our pride and our need to be in control. Instead of choosing peace we choose the storm. We choose to stay in hurricane force winds, hurricane-force rains and keep those we love right in the middle of it all and then when the devastation hits because of our poor choices not only are we devastated but those that we love and cherish our devastated . It is not God’s will for us to choose to stay in the storm. God does not have to devastate your life to teach you anything. The Lord said for us to choose life or choose death. When we choose to stay in the storm we choose death. When we choose his plan of escape we choose life. God is so good to us and He loves us so much.
As parents, lets really think for a minute would you ask your children to stay in a storm knowing that there was a plan of escape and knowing that this was not your will for them? Would you not try to get through to them that this is a bad choice? God is so good to us and loves us so much it is not his will that our life and the ones we love around us be devastate. Many people have a lot of rebuilding to do and that’s very significant when we look at our life. When we choose the storm, abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, prostitution, etc. we choose devastation and at some point in time in our life we will have to rebuild and many times it will be without the ones we love because we chose the storm.
We cannot change our past we cannot change yesterday but we can change today, we can change our future. You don’t have to live in the storm. You don’t have to allow your life to be devastated and you don’t have to ride out the hurricane. Hurricane Emma has left a lot of destruction, what will your storm do? Are the winds building? Are the rains bearing down harder? Are the flood waters rising ? Is destruction happening all around you? If so it might be time to listen for the Mandatory Evacuation! What will your choice be?