Recently on a Monday, June 30th I believe, we here in the Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs had a storm that came through, cried its eyes out, huffed and puffed down trees, overran some streets, challenged the power of cable and phone lines and towers, and halted a lot of things.
When my mom came in the door, she announced its coming. As I sat getting my hair braided, I thought it was just going to rain hard and the lights might flicker. Shortly after, the rain poured down like it was stumping its feet and having a tantrum. Then, the power went out. My friend’s daughter was almost done with my hair.
I just knew the lights and every electronic we depended on would make their awakening sounds in no time. They didn’t. With cell phone lights and flashlight apps, my friend’s daughter finished my hair.
To fast forward a bit, we were back up and running by mid-day Wednesday. We had no power since Monday and we had to throw some foods out, but we were relieved that our power was restored. Lights on, phones on, etc.!
Then we noticed that night the water was just cold so I thought maybe it had to be a correlating factor of the storm. The next morning, since the water was still cold, I went to investigate the water heater. With shock, I discovered that the basement had flooded for the first time since the four years my family and I have been in our home.
Little puddles of water that looked to be drying sat in various spots across the imitation wood tile I had set down. I had forgot that the sump pump wasn’t able to do its job because the power was off. I looked at the crawl space and it was wet and then inspected some objects. The water rose high enough, maybe a foot or two, to destroy some shoes, two space heaters, damage a large bag of important papers, soak some clothes that were in bags and boxes, and more.
My family not only had to clean, dry, and air out the basement, but we had to get rid of a lot of stuff, rewash some things, and reorganize some things—and so this EM was born. When thinking about what to write you today, “what to do with what the storm left behind” popped up in my spirit.
Literally, a storm is a natural violent disturbance usually with heavy rains, thunder, lightning and/or snow. But another way we mention storm is when we are going through tumultuous, difficult times. When storms occur in our lives, we feel as if we are going to be knocked off our feet, if we hadn’t been already. We are exhausted. We feel as if the storm in our life is going to devour and ravish everything we had worked so hard to get, become or snatch away everything we are holding on to. We feel as if we are not going to make it; the winds of life are too strong and the elements or tactics the devil is using are distracting, discouraging and disorienting, but we seem to manage to hold on to our faith and it is not by our strength alone. It is the Holy Spirit, the He that is in us and greater than the he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Usually when we come out of a storm, we move on as if nothing has happened and carry on hopefully our lesson, our new-found revelations, our praise reports and testimonies until the next storm. And if you are like me, you are praying you never have to go back through that storm again. But have you ever thought about what do we do with what the storm left behind/what did the storm leave behind other than our testimonies.
Earlier I mentioned that we had to clean, dry and air out my basement. We had to GET RID of some things that were completely damaged and not restorable. We had to CLEAN some things and we had to REORGANIZE some things. That is what we do with what the storm left behind. When a storm comes through our lives, it leaves some damaged and non-repairable things behinds as well as residue. God wants us to not walk around weighed down, distracted or consumed by the world around us. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1 NIV) He desires for us to surrender the management of our lives to him. He desires for us to surrender our concerns, our disappointments, desires, plans, and everything that hinders us from seeking Him wholeheartedly and being in fellowship with Him. So those things that God destroyed or those things that God wants you to let go of, let go of them. Stop holding onto old seasons, relationships He is telling you to part ways with, idols and habits that are consuming you and He is saying to surrender right now. GET RID of these things today. CLEAN your house, wash some things, and watch for “mold”. You want to clean and watch for anything that may contaminate you and your soul. Mold easily spreads and when it does, it can cause sickness and costly damage. God doesn’t want anything hindering our faith, our relationship with Him or our confidence in Him and He doesn’t want us to be filled with things that cause us to be sick spiritually or even cost us our lives, reputation, or families. So allow God to cleanse you of every worldly and ungodly contaminate. Allow Him to renew your mind and purify your heart with His Word. REORGNANIZE some things in your life too now that the storm is over. Things need to be restored back to order and God wants order in your life as well as you to prioritize and keep Him at the Number One Spot. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV) The storm leaves things in disarray and we can sometimes function in chaos but not as well as we can function in peace and order.
Thank You for helping me to get through a storm!!! Thank You for being my peace in the midst of a storm. Lord, help me to trust You through the storm and when it is over help me to walk away with the lessons I needed to learn. Help me to surrender my life to You and please renew my mind, purify my heart and reorder my life during the storm and after. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stay alert. You are either going through a storm, coming out of one or about to enter one. I EMPOWER you to trust God through a storm! He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. I EMPOWER you to get rid of everything He says to, clean your body, spirit and soul of every contamination, and reorganize your life making sure He is always first. I EMPOWER you to come out of your storms refreshed and dependent upon God even more!!!
We learned what to do after the storm, how can you prepare for a storm?
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. On July 10th, she just launched her new Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous. For more details about Fruitful & Fabulous, visit fruitfulandfabulous.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”