Never underestimate who you are as a child of God. The Spirit of God in you and your words carry power—power to heal, deliver, and even calm storms!
This past week, my husband and I, along with some friends, went on a cruise down along the Mexican coast. Not long after we set out, we began hearing reports of hurricane Rina . . . heading our way! Port dates were changed so we could still experience the full cruise plan and minimize any possibility of harm by the approaching storm.
We arrived in Cozumel a day early and though the weather was beautiful, Rina was scheduled to arrive in less than 30 hours. Stores were open, but owners and employees were working fast to board up windows. As I spoke to a local man, he shared his fears about what might happen, remembering the year long recovery from hurricane Wilma in 2005.
As we walked the streets, we prayed. We asked the Lord to release angels to protect the city. We spoke blessing over the people, businesses, and homes and the comfort of the Lord. We spoke to the storm center to cease its rage and break its cycle. I know that our prayers joined with many, and I believe that is the reason that the near level 3 hurricane was soon downgraded to a tropical depression. While the area received high winds and much rain, the region was spared terrible tragedy.
We could have complained about missing an excursion or extra hours on the island, but I delight in thinking that we were there for a greater purpose—to pray. Looking at things from the perspective of relationship with God can turn a disappointing moment to a purposeful encounter—one that joins with God in releasing heaven’s presence on earth. And how joyful is that! That’s how Jesus lived on earth—that’s how I want to live.
What circumstance do you need turned to purposeful encounter?
“All things are possible to him who believes”—Jesus (Mark 9:23b)
J. Nicole – “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17b)
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