Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Well, last night we had another blinger of a thunderstorm complete with a tornado warning here in Woodstock, GA. It came on fast and furious. From the time of the TV warning to the time our sirens went off was about 3 seconds. There was no time to get to the designated shelter for my apartment complex. Fortunately, all we had was a wild and wooly thunderstorm and no tornado. As I considered hunkering down in my inside closet and was looking around for something to put over my head to keep all those books and boxes from clunking me on the noggin, I caught sight of something flapping at the edge of my living room window.
Forgetting my mission to cower in the corner of the closet, I stepped closer to my window. There clinging to the wooden frame was a huge luna moth. It was folded up and it swayed back and forth like a door on a hinge. I was certain that the wind would rip it from its perch and launch it into the stratosphere.
But it hung on. Back and forth it swung all the while its little legs clung to the frame. It had to be 7-10 minutes before the winds and rain calmed down; and yet, the luna moth was still there. This little insect had ridden out the storm and was now fanning its wings out to dry them off.
I marveled at its strength in the storm and at how tenacious it had been in hanging on and not being swept up in the chaos of leaves, debris and falling limbs. This was no small storm. There were at least 2 trees that came down on the property and branches were everywhere this morning when I went outside. And yet that moth wasn’t moved an inch.
Oh, how I wish I could be like that moth when the storms of body, mind or spirit hit. Hanging on, not being moved, clinging with strength to the frames around me would certainly be my hope and wish. Too often, however, I’m like those limbs and maybe even whole trees that come crashing down when a wind blows through my life disrupting my plans.
This is why I need Sabbath Moments. They hold me steadier than I could be without them when the storms unexpectedly arise. When I am grounded in faith, living hope and trusting in God’s grace, I am anchored and well protected when the storm warnings go off.
What storms have you weathered better because of your time with God? The luna moth is my new visual for strength in a storm and come to think of it, the way it was positioned on the window frame made it look like it was praying. Not a bad visual at all, not bad at all.
“As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The 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. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water,and they obey him.” Luke 8:23-25
“The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27.1