The weather in Florida can be quite unpredictable in the summer time, one second you’re sun bathing under a burning sun and minutes later it can be pouring down buckets!
I recall a hot summer day last year at Clearwater Beach, one of my favorite spots. Just the perfect day, clear blue skies, hot, boy was it a majestic day!
I heard a rumble of thunder in the distance. Looking up, I saw a mass of clouds on the horizon slowly moving in. I ignored the clouds and continued playing volleyball instead of packing up and heading home – I wanted to get the most out of my day at the beach.
Then it happened! The storm was suddenly upon us. We all started to pack our things, fold the umbrellas and take down the net, we all got soaked. Running back to my friend Roger’s convertible we remembered his roof was down and as we approached his Mustang, we noticed it was a great big mess. Worse yet, his car alarm remote control no longer worked leaving him in a heap of trouble. We both learned a lesson that day, don’t delay when a storm is brewing!
Another type of storm is coming- a day of judgment. It may seem far off, and most people don’t feel they have to hurry to prepare. You may be in good health and in the prime of life. But listen, the storm may come upon you unexpectedly.
Proverbs 1:27 says that disaster will strike the person who foolishly ignores all warnings.
To listen to God’s warnings is true wisdom. Earlier this week, one of God’s listeners passed on, former president Ronald Reagan faced the storm he had been preparing for his entire life. We all witness the sun setting over the mountains our in beautiful California. Ronald’s storm came and went peacefully, how will your storm carry out?
Have you sought shelter in Christ? If you haven’t, it’s time to stop ‘playing’ and seek safety before it’s too late. The final storm is coming, we all can hear it, we just don’t know exactly when it will be upon us!
The good news is we can prepare for this storm. God allows us to ready ourselves each and every day. Accept Christ as your savior, open your heart to those around you and live according to Jesus life. This way, when the storm comes, you will have shelter close by.
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
And for inspiring us to seek shelter in you,
We thank you for the signs you put along the road
That is every day life.
Lord father we pray that you will continue to look over us,
Our families, our friends and those in need
And that you will feed the hungry around our world,
Both physically and spiritually.
Lord we thank you for your love, your strength
And your forgiveness in our sins,
And ask you to make us stronger in times of temptation
So that we may rejoice with you after the storm.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre