We got some pretty bad weather yesterday. The winds in our city were fierce and blew in with a vengeance. The facebook feeds were all about how everyone thought they were going to blow over or lose the roof to their homes.
Sadly, some people really did lose their roof.
I was in a store when the lights started cutting on and off. Everyone in the store would pause to see if they were going to stay off for good or come back on. The lights cut off and we all froze. Within a split second the wind ripped the metal and glass door right off the building.
I decided it was time to go home. I didn’t want to die in the dollar store. It’s just not a cool story.
Of course when I got home our electricity was out.
It’s funny how you try to turn the lights on out of habit even though you know they won’t work. You know the electricity is out but you still flick on the switch. I tried to print something off of my laptop and even put something in the microwave.
I felt like a fool each time.
When I went to pick the triplets up from school they could not stop talking about the school losing electricity for almost an hour. Each girl had their own version to tell and each version went on and on.
When we got back to the house my husband was home and let me know the electricity was out. Yep, thanks I’ve already been here and tried to use the microwave and printer.
All five of us went into our office and each one of us tried to turn the light on. Seriously, each of us flipped the switch as if it was going to work for us but not the guy in front of us.
The girls went to their room to play and Justin, our daughter who has autism, started panicking and then crying. She did not like that her light wouldn’t work.
Her emotions escalated quickly.
Her identical twin, Myleigh, is very compassionate to Justin and always comes to the rescue. The other day she gave up her jacket on the playground so that Justin wouldn’t be cold and suffered through it herself. She also always lets Justin go ahead when getting out of the car or walking in to school. She tries to let Justin be first and always win. I love that little girl.
While Myleigh was talking Justin down from the ledge she started to sing to her.
“Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. God is with you always”.
As Justin started to calm down Myleigh said “Ok Justin now we just have to prayer”.
I was in my office and couldn’t see them but I know my little girls and when they pray they stop and bow their heads. I can only imagine that they either got together on one of their beds or knelt right there in the middle of the room.
“Dear God you don’t have to do the wind anymore. We don’t like it. We like electricity. Please stop the wind so that we can have electricity. Justin is scared and wants her lights on so can you stop it now. In your name God, amen”.
By that time tears were rolling down my face. My little girls have the kind of faith that I beg God for. Somehow as we get older we complicate it. We make it more difficult than it really is. The world puts doubt and fear in our heads.
All we need is faith the size of a mustard seed. That’s it.
How do we know what faith is…
Faith is stopping in the middle of your room, holding your sister and asking God to calm the storm because she is scared and knowing that he will do it.
Faith is singing to your sister because you know that even though she can’t see the words, she can feel them.
Faith is talking to God like you would talk to your best friend and knowing for sure your words are heard.
Faith is listening to your sister pray for you through the sounds of your own cries and calming down because of the comfort that it brings to you.
We can’t see God physically in front of us but faith is knowing in our hearts that he is there and trusting that he is for us.
Faith is going to him in prayer in the middle of the storm because you know that your strength comes from him and that you can only get through it with him by your side.
God never leaves us. He only wants us to thrive in our faith.
If He is for us, nothing can be against us.
Faith is knowing that.
Heavenly Father thank you for calming the storms while we stand in the middle of them. We know that even though we can’t see our own word, you can and you care a great deal for them. Help us to completely release ourselves to you and have faith as big as Myleigh and Justin’s. When our brothers and sisters are broken and fearful please give us the courage to share our faith with them. Show us how to hold their hand, kneel beside them and sing “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. God is with you always”. In your precious sons name, amen.
When I kissed the girls goodnight Justin told me that she was going to meed to stay home from school tomorrow because there wasn’t going to be any lights in there. Nice try kid. Better luck next time.