The Song Before the Storm

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“I Am holding onto you.  I Am holding onto you. In the middle of the storm, I Am holding on I Am”

I woke up to one of my favorites this morning.  As I drifted in and out of sleep, trying to wake up completely, those words played over and over again.

I’m not sure how long I’d been lying there in the darkness before it dawned on me that I could hear another sound.  It was the sound of rumbling, rolling thunder from a distant storm.  I smiled at how I heard the song playing in my heart before I heard the storm playing outside in the world.

A couple of thoughts came to mind after this wake up call this morning:

  • We awaken slowly  Waking up to God’s constant presence in our life and in our situations is sometimes a gradual process.  It often takes time, time to put the pieces together and time for our eyes to see those pieces for what they are.  I am reminded of all the folks in Scripture who were constantly forgetting who God was, taking their eyes off of His leading and trying to navigate life’s storms by themselves.  It never worked out so well for them. It’s never worked out so well for me either.
  • I will go before you I thought about these words from Deuteronomy 31:8  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  I loved the reminder this morning that God’s voice in our life is louder than the storm.  I heard the voice of Truth this morning before I heard the thunder.  That means something to me.  He promises to go before me.  I want to follow Him wherever He is leading.  

For some time now I’ve been feeling like I’m in the land of in-between.  It’s hard to put into words but I know there is more the Lord wants me to do…not in an obligation kind of way but in an eager desire sort of way.  For the longest time now, I haven’t been able to put my finger on where, or how, or when.  My prayer is just to be open and willing to whatever “more” means…trusting He will turn on the lights and illuminate the road ahead.

Question:  How have you experienced God going before you in your own circumstances?

4 thoughts on “The Song Before the Storm

  1. Bill (cycelguy)

    I’m not sure I totally understand what it means when it says, “I go before you.” I appreciate the fact He walks with me and beside me, but can only grasp the idea of before me like someone hacking through the jungle making a way for me. Is that what you are getting at? If so, He can hack away. 🙂

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    1. Eileen Post author

      I think that’s one great way to look at it, Bill. I also love the moments when you are on unknown paths and you can just see God’s hand in the whole journey. How the timing of things work out…even if isn’t our idea of great timing. I kind of had that feeling moving to Georgia. It felt like He went before us.

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  2. Jon Stolpe

    I would say it’s too numerous to recount. I need to take better notes in my journal. I can say for certain that my experiences in Guatemala have clearly shown how God has gone before me.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      That’s a great example, Jon. I think the same thing was true for my trips to the DR. On one trip, right as our mission team was descending and preparing to land in the Dominican we looked out our plane window and there was a rainbow to welcome us. I’ll never forget that.

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