Emergency Alert: Tornado Warning in this area til 7pm CDT. Take shelter now! That was the message that came across my cell phone on a Friday evening. Immediately, I turned on the news to get a better update, and sure enough a Tornado was scheduled to arrive in my area at 6:45pm; at the time it was 6:30pm. The view outside didn’t quite match up to what was being forecasted. It was a little cloudy, but it definitely didn’t look like we were in any immediate danger.
My daughter was sitting next to me watching the news. She was ok until she heard the weather man say, “If you are in the DFW Arlington area you want to take shelter… now!” She knew that meant us, and she began to get a little frantic. In school, they had been learning about Hurricanes and Tornadoes, so she was aware of the seriousness. She was ready to take cover. “Come on mom, we gotta go.” Admittedly, I wasn’t sure where to go. Upstairs? Downstairs? After a quick Google search I learned that the lowest part of the house, away from windows, is the safest place. So, I told Destiny to go stand in the laundry room. From there we could still watch and listen to the tv. The reporter urged us not to underestimate the warning. By this time the clouds had gotten darker, and the rain and wind began to pick up.
Outwardly, I was cool and calm, but inside I started becoming a little more concerned. My husband was at work, where they too were taking cover, so I didn’t have that extra comfort available. Finally, I said to Destiny, who was growing increasingly worried by the minute, let’s just take authority over the storm. If Jesus commanded a storm to stop—and it did, then so can we. So, I pointed out the window at the blowing wind and began to say, “We command you, in the name of Jesus, to cease from your assignment. We plead the blood of Jesus over everything that concerns us.” Destiny joins in, like an instigator to a fight, “Yeah… Peace be still!” she yells out. Before we knew it we heard the newscaster say, “The emergency alert for Tarrant County has been cancelled. You should have seen my daughter. She leaped out of that little room so fast, celebrating as if we had won a fight. Wait! We did win a fight. I know it may sound a bit radical and extreme to you, but we did just command a storm to cease, and like Jesus, it did. We’d like to believe that our prayers, and I am sure the prayers of others, thwarted the plan of that Tornado away from us.
While my daugther was showing obvious signs of releif, I interrupted her victory dance to let her know that there were still two more counties in possible danger. I said to her, “If we were still under emergency, wouldn’t you want someone to pray for our safety, even though they themselves are in no danger? She agreed! So, we begin to pray for the two counties. Eventually, all ceased and everything was calm. We spent rest of the evening relaxed watching television.
The moral of the story: If ever you find yourself in a storm, don’t fret—fight! If the storms of life come your way: financial, sickness, lack, depression, addiction, relationship problems, and fear. Don’t back down! No matter how raging, or out of control the storm may be you have God’s power operating in you as a weapon to defeat whatever comes your way.
Open your mouth and declare, by faith, your victory! Say NO to any unfavorable situation that may try and force its way into your life, and by all means never be concerned with just yourself. Think of others who may be going through and pray for them as well. Allow your prayers to be a shelter for someone else’s storm, because there will come a time when you will need their prayers to be your shelter…from the storm.
…And they came to him (Jesus), and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. Luke 8:24-26