Travel Journal 2018 Finally! A Break from the Storms
Greetings from Iowa! It’s been stormy day after day, but we finally got a bit of a break; a couple of afternoons ago we went for a bike ride and this morning we finally got the kayaks into the lake!
Living in California for most of my adult life and Steve a native Californian, we often get asked about earthquakes, as in; “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” We shrug our shoulders and say, “it’s part and parcel of living in an earthquake zone, you deal with it.”
We have been settled in a sweet, little county park in Rodney, Iowa for almost 3 weeks and we ask the Iowa natives, “don’t you worry about tornadoes?” They shrug their shoulders and say, “not really, it’s part and parcel of living in this part of the country.” So there you go, each region seems to have it’s particular nemesis that people have learned to live with! I, for one, when the rain is pounding, the wind is whipping the trees around, the clouds are black and swirly, the thunder is a continuous rumble, the lightning is one amazing flash after the other, and the trailer is rocking; I’m thinking, maybe, I would prefer earthquakes!
A question for you: Does YHVH orchestrate severe weather to test you; to see if you will call out to Him for protection or maybe just see if you will trust Him to keep you in the midst of the storm? Isn’t that what happened to the disciples in the story found in Mark 4:37-41, “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
“Trust Me, Believe Me, Know that I will never leave you or forsake you,” Yashua says to us. What is it in each of us that keeps this absolute assurance of Yashua from being more than a nice thought in our mind, instead of the intimacy of KNOWING settled deep in our heart that Yashua is always with us? If our heart and our mind do not line up in agreement then we are what James describes in chapter 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Dr. Jim Wilder of LifeModelWorks.org, Dr. Karl Lehman and his wife Charlotte of Immanuel Approach, and Chris and Jen Coursey of Thrive Today have answers that will help you synchronize your mind and your heart. (This is also what Steve and I are sharing this year.)
Be blessed in your journey to Wholeness and Holiness in Yashua!