Safety in the storm? Many of us living in the Midwest have experienced violent storms, high winds, even tornados. Is there a way to ensure your family’s safety at such times? My colleague, Steve Salt, writing for the February 24, 2016 edition of Cleveland.com, assures us that safety is as near as prayer. He shares a personal experience that is simple but profoundly inspiring. Here’s Steve:
Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3:00 in the morning and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.
Are we safe?
This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered. I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.
After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off. It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us…..I prayed: “Peace be still.”….