What’s worse?  The storms we see coming or the ones that catch us off guard?

It would totally be amazing to have a soundtrack playing in the background of our days.  Light and breezy music when things are going great.  Increased tempo, suspenseful tunes when things are about to go down.  Downright scary music when it’s all about to hit the fan.

Empty store shelves, a spike in page views, and talk around the lunch table confirms there’s a big storm on the way today.  One can’t quite help to speculate what’s gonna happen when the potential for disaster is all around – our friends, the television, the radio, the internet.

In my Bible study this morning I came across a couple of verses that had seen a lot of love over the years.  There was the plea from three years ago about where I needed to be working, there was the plea to live an exclamation point life within God’s will, and if you look real close there’s a tiny but mighty plea dated 5/16.

Little did I know when I wrote that prayer how much our lives would be upheaved in the coming months.  During the storm…well, it was a storm.  Heavy rains (tears), the wind howling (prayers), roaring thunder (screaming, pleading), and the spectacular lightning (glimpses of hope).  But then there was also the Red Cross – those that had been before us and were waiting for us when we arrived.

A year or so later, I see now how God answered that tiny plea in such way that I could NEVER imagine.  The storm turned our lives all around but we’re back up straight and stronger than before.

But like the storm today – I knew it was coming.  I saw the signs, I saw the reports, I saw the looming turmoil in the darkening sky and swaying trees.

But without a soundtrack, we are sometimes caught off guard.  This past year alone, one friend had a stroke, another a car accident.  Then there was the company merger and lost jobs.  There has been death and divorce.  Storms all around…some we know are coming, others without any warning at all.

Going back a couple of verses from above is Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Not a one of us knows what today’ll bring.  What we DO KNOW is that a good work is being completed in us and to take this sucker one day at a time.


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.