(Luke 8:23,24 NIV) As they sailed, he (Jesus) fell asleep.  A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

As I sit over at church this afternoon I once again hear the wind howling as it makes the building creek with its immense power.  I can look out the church window and see the damage from the storm on Tuesday night as I see a large tree that was snapped in two.  The powerful wind has recently caused many in and around the Pittsburg area to lose power and all of us know people who unfortunately lost more than just power as siding and shingles were blown off houses and barns and cars were destroyed.  And tonight I hear we could be in for another big storm.

Yet, as we brace ourselves for another storm we are reminded in the above verses that our God has complete control, even when things seem out of control, as we see even the wind and the waves have to obey him when he speaks.  There is no storm too powerful for our God and there is no wind that can blow our God’s protection away from us.  Wind, rain, and hail may destroy some of our property and unfortunately at times harm our bodies, but it cannot touch our souls.  No wind, no storm will ever be able to blow away what Jesus has done for us on the cross, no amount of rain will ever be able to wash away the assurance that our sins are forgiven, and not even the powerful hail can destroy the heaven that awaits you and me when we leave this earth.

And so when the wind and the rain begin to howl remember that our God is in control, he has power over all, he is always watching over us just like he was with the disciples, and there is nothing that can ever take what Jesus has done from us!

Trusting in my all powerful God just like you,

Pastor Schumann