Storm Shelter

In 1997, I was the director of a preschool. On February 10th, there was a terrible storm that was raging outside. When I looked out the window, the rain was going parallel with the ground. I yelled to all the teachers to get their kids to the hallway for shelter. After about 30 minutes the storm died down. I called to check on my mom, who was battling cancer. She said, “What storm?” Exasperated, I asked, “Are you kidding? We just had a tornado go over us!”

She called out to my uncle who was there with her to ask him about the storm. He was dumbfounded too. He asked, “Has it been raining?” I told them to look outside. Every house that had property touching theirs had trees down. Some had them crashed through their roofs. When they walked out into their yard, there wasn’t even a limb on the ground. It was like there was a bubble over the yard. God knew the storm we were about to endure and spared us from having to deal with house and property damage.

God doesn’t give us a trouble free life. He doesn’t stop storms from raging all around us, but He does protect us in them. Just like He did for my parent’s yard, He can give us peace in the storm. He can protect you from the damaging affects of it. The rain in your life may be going sideways and there may be tornadoes overhead, but God protects His people in times of trouble. He is a shelter to all who call on Him. The storms can destroy everything around you, but if you trust in Him, He will be by your side through it.

Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lord is good; he protects his people in times of trouble; he takes care of those who turn to him” (GNT). The writer is very clear that we are not exempt from times of trouble. He wants us to know that we have somewhere to go in those times. Just like I took the kids to the safest place in the building, our safest place is with God. He is our shelter and protector. He will walk with you through whatever you’re going through today. You don’t have to face it alone. Turn to Him and ask for His protection. He’s better than any storm shelter you will find.


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4 responses to “Storm Shelter

  1. Thank you for sharing Chris. This lines up with my other daily devotional which is reviewing Acts 27. This lets me know I need to be stronger and have more faith in God to shelter me.

    • Thanks for sharing. I understand i get so independent and want to slow God and the world I am strong so i try to endure the storm without His sheltering me. He’s waiting patiently for us to run to Him.

  2. Gregory Krueger

    Hi Chris, I really like your devotions and read them daily. Today’s raises a bit of concern in that survivors find peace in God’s protective arm, but you won’t get far telling that to the parent of a child that just died. The goodness we experience in God the protector ends when that protective arm doesn’t save my loved one or place. I have completely stopped references to “God will protect” and instead reference Immanuel, God with us at all times.

    Keep up the insightful work!

    Greg Krueger

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks for the insight. I’ll be more careful in how I word my posts.

      As you can probably tell from the post, my mom passed away from her cancer two months later. While He didn’t protect us from the cancer, He did care for us as we turned to Him in that storm. I remember my dad taking us into the room before they sent her home to die. He told us to turn to God and to purpose in our hearts that we wouldn’t get bitter against Him if He didn’t heal her.

      I fought with God for a while after she passed. I didn’t want to ever ask for anything again. But right after she passed, I wrote a note to friends entitled “It is well with my soul.” I didn’t understand why, but I had to trust His plan.

      I agree with you in that I won’t get far in speaking of God’s protective arm in that circumstance. My hope is that even though that terrible thing happened, they can find peace in turning to Him in their grief.

      Thanks again for the reminder.

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