Tuesday, 17 September 2019

M Michele's Musings

He Loves Like a Hurricane....Really?

hurricaneIt seems as if there are a lot of current Christian songs comparing God’s love to hurricanes.  The first time I heard the song “How He Loves Us,” with lyrics about God’s love being like a hurricane, I couldn’t even begin to grasp the concept of God loving like a hurricane. I had lived through the devastation of a hurricane and my thoughts quickly drifted back to that time when Hurricane Rita hit Southwest Louisiana. All I could remember was the destruction left behind. Demolished or flooded homes, blue tarped roofs, fallen electrical lines and trees, damaged fields and yards were everywhere. Months, and for some, even years of reconstruction and rebuilding loomed ahead.  I remembered the displaced families, myself, friends and family included, all living from pillar to post with weeks of no water or food except what Churches, Salvation Army, Disaster Teams, The American Red Cross and Fema brought in, providing for those of us who had been adversely affected by Hurricane Rita’s wrath. The thought of God’s love being like a hurricane seemed completely foreign to me.

Not long after the first time I heard the song on the radio we began to sing it at church. Still, I wrestled with the concept even as I reveled in the awesomeness of the “how He loves us” verses.  We continued to sing the song now and again, and I continued my struggle with the concept. In time, I slowly began to see hurricanes from a different perspective, looking away from the destructive side, instead examining hurricanes from an alternate view.  Hurricanes are one of the most powerful forces in nature. They are powerful, mighty, forceful, strong; nothing can stand against the wind and rain of a hurricane. Water is pushed and driven forward with the sheer force of the wind. Trees bow, break or are uprooted. Houses and buildings creak, shudder and are sometimes completely gutted or blown off their very foundations. Anything loose, unfastened and not tied down is propelled forward in the wind and blown away.

I began to see how God’s love is exactly like a hurricane. His love is powerful, mighty, forceful and strong. Anything or anyone can be moved by the sheer force of His love. Nothing can withstand the power of His love with the exception of a heart that chooses not to believe. Like the trees that bend in a hurricane, His love should compel us to bend before Him in worship and humility. His love can come in our lives and as we allow, completely wash away all our hurt, pain, woe and sin. At times, His love knocks us right off our foundation, eradicating those things that we depend upon rather than placing our trust in Him. He removes all the things that don’t belong in our lives; just as a hurricane will blow away anything loose or not tied down. Our house is to be built upon the Rock of

Jesus Christ and Jesus is the Word of God. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25  His desire is to make us more like Christ and strong in Him. Therefore, He will take out those things from our lives that don’t belong in order to make us strong. Sometimes, His love will even lead us into difficult places, trials and testing where we are tried in the fires of adversity in order to be made like silver or gold for His kingdom.

Every single thing God allows in our lives is filtered through His deep love for us. But even with that knowledge we still question: Why? Why me God? Why my loved one? We won’t always understand or know the whys of every situation we face but we can know that He loves us in it and through it. Unlike a hurricane, He won’t leave destruction behind. He comes in and floods our world with His love.

God’s love can change our world. God changed our world in Southwest Louisiana after the hurricane. God moved on the hearts of kind and generous people, strangers, who came to help us just as they are, once again, helping the people of Southeast Louisiana devastated by the recent floods. These people, volunteers, strangers brought us food, water and other needs. Many of them assisted in cleaning our streets, and helped get our water and electricity up and running again.  Family, friends and neighbors helped others clean their yards, saw their trees, clean, remodel and roof their homes and businesses. People worked together with the common goal of helping others get their lives back on track.

There was also an amazing transformation in nature which only God can magnificently perform. Hurricane Rita had left grass soaked, trampled and flattened. Trees were bent, splintered, broken and many stripped of their leaves. Shortly after the storm, new life began to manifest; insects buzzed, birds sang sweet melodies, the sun kissed the earth with warm rays. Soon, even the once naked trees were sprouting new leaves and plants were blooming afresh. New life burst forth everywhere under God’s perfect direction and orchestration. The glory of His restoration almost allowed one to forget the destructive tempest just a few short weeks before.  

God’s love is amazing and wonderful. Glorious and beautiful. Powerful and strong. I can see it now, His love is like a hurricane in its strength and power but it has the added power to bring restoration, renewal and, most of all, hope to every single life. Oh, how He loves each and every one of us. We cannot fully comprehend how great His love is for us. His love is the strongest force on earth and in the heavens. God’s love can move mountains and, more amazingly, His love can change hearts and lives. He sweeps up and surrounds us all in a protective blanket of His great and faithful love.

      Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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