Finding Strength In a Rainstorm
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God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.
Psalm 29: 11
Mountains always remind me of both God's strength and God's peace. High mountain peaks are so majestic rising above the land. I think of how throughout the centuries the mountains have been assaulted by the weathering of wind, rain and snow and yet still stand tall against all odds. Looking to the mountains reminds me of the words of Psalm 29 which speaks to the strength and peace that God gives to His people.
Yesterday was an incredibly rainy and windy day here. I traveled from our home to the Blue Ridge Parkway driving to an appointment with my husband. As I drove along, I suddenly noticed the tire pressure light come on and then a little later began to notice the vibration under the car that told me I had a flat tire. My first instinct was fear. It was raining and windy and I was driving alone on the Parkway with no place to get over. What was I supposed to do? Saying a quick prayer, I began looking for a pulloff. I knew just a little further down the road was a visitor center I could pull into. Would the car make it? Driving and praying, I drove slowly until I saw the turn up ahead. Edging gently into the turn, I drove cautiously to a parking space, turned off the motor and got out of the car into the deluge to inspect the tire, which was indeed flat to the pavement. I quickly got back into the car and called my husband who turned around on his route to come help me. In a few minutes he arrived and endured the rain and wind whipping around him as he changed my tire.
This was a mild inconvenience in the scheme of things that go on in our world. A flat tire is not the end of the world. But, I still felt God's strength and presence in that moment. It's scary when things don't go as planned. I certainly didn't expect to have a flat tire alone on the Parkway when I set out from my house. But, the truth is that in all of the "flat tires" of life, we are truly not alone. God's strength and peace are always with us in all of the rainstorms of life. I'm grateful for this knowledge.