Yesterday, a friend and I drove towards the approaching Hurricane Sandy.
Dubbed “Frankenstorm”, the storm promised to be large, powerful, and dangerous. The ingredients were enough to impress meteorologists and terrorize residents along the northeast coastline of America. The 2nd largest hurricane ever would cross land in the most populated part of our country. A powerful Jetstream from the west and a high in the north would create a wind tunnel. Increasing the storm’s intensity.
The storm was predicted to hit our area on Monday. But, a hurricane that has tropical storm-force winds extending out to 520 miles can pack a punch even from a distance. As we drove home toward the Philadelphia area, we were grateful the wind and rain weren’t too bad.
So, why would my friend and I even think of venturing out Sunday afternoon? We wanted to connect with other families who would understand what it’s like to have a loved one with mental illness (MI).
We know there are other moms like us who have a child with mental illness. But, we wanted to meet other courageous families who know exactly what our lives are like. So, we traveled 82 miles to attend a support group meeting at No Longer Alone Ministries. Attending their Christian support group meeting was our motivation.
We left feeling blessed and encouraged. Those who attended the meeting inspired us. They told stories of how they cling to their faithful Father in the midst of deep sorrow and grief.
Each day, they live in the midst of a storm.
Some experience swirling winds of emotions, and crashing violence. Some spoke of the impact MI had on finances.
Others face an eerie silence from a once vibrant child.
All expressed an awareness of the challenges of a storm: unpredictability of their situation, loss of power, disruption of normalcy, uncertainty of the future, and destruction of lives.
All offered testimony to how God has provided. Surely God can be found in the storms of life.
Exodus 24:12 tells us the Lord invited Moses to, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here…”
That’s His invitation to us. Moses heard God speak from within the cloud.
We, too, can hear God speak to us inside our clouds. Listen to His promises.
As I watch scenes on TV which show the power of the storm, I’m reminded of God’s power and provision. His people wandered in the wilderness and God provided for their needs. Food rained down from heaven in such abundance that it couldn’t be counted.
“He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow. He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.” Psalm 78:26-28
That same God will provide for our needs as we journey in our wilderness.