I felt kind of bad, really.
While we lounged on a beautiful
tropical beach in Grenada, our family and friends back home were
undergoing a major winter storm so severe that the schools were closed
and my mother's personal support service that helps her bathe and dress
each day was canceled. While we cooled off in the crystal clear waters,
blizzard-like snows and winds drove the wind-chill of -40. Where our
attire of choice was bathing suits, they were huddled down in parkas and
There was actually only one thing we had in common:
Both of us were surrounded by white. Unfortunately, their "white" was
snow, while ours was pristine sand bordered by palm and Sea Grapes.
How can it be that such opposed conditions can exist at the same
In our case, it was because we were nearly 4000 km (2500
Miles) south of the frozen northlands we call home. But whether the
distance was 40 or 14,000 km, such contrasting weather just didn't seem
We would soon learn, however, that even though the
beautiful Grenadian weather could shield us from the blizzards back
home, it could not shield us from the storms of life...
We would learn shortly after arriving in Grenada that our house had
sold. This is, of course, a very good thing. The problem came when our
house didn't pass inspection. Some of the plumbing was apparently not up
to code. The pipes would have to be replaced before the sale could be
In a flash, a major "blizzard" struck our peaceful
But God had some important lessons to teach me.
He wanted me to understand that a tropical paradise can exist
amidst a winter storm. When I took the problem to Him in prayer, He
promised that He would take care of it. I believed Him, and I exchanged
my "blizzard" for the quiet solitude of the "tropical beach" He had for
me. After all, if God had it all under control, why should I worry?
And it seemed I could truly "relax on my beach" amidst the "storm"
of life, for a friend came in with an incredibly low estimate for the
repairs. Wow. God is so good.
But the "blizzard" winds were not
finished. The friend's boss would not allow him to do the job due to the
fact that our house was not in the work area of his company. In
addition, his company also refused to get involved in a real estate
I admit, I stepped off my beach, barefoot and bareheaded,
so to speak, and leaped into the biting winds and blinding snows of that
storm. I worried. I fretted. I...Well I'll just jump over all of that,
for after an embarrassing amount of time, I did finally remember God's
promises. I give it all back to Him, and instantly I was back on my
Three different plumbers were then contacted
and came into the house for estimates. Our son texted us after the
second bunch had gone through. He was quite concerned about the
estimates as it seemed to him that the companies were gouging us more
than a little.
I don't know why I don't learn, but I jumped off
my "beach" and dove head-first into a "towering snow drift". I began to
worry and fret that the repairs would cost far more than we could
In the back of my mind, however, I could hear God's
voice calling me back out of the storm, reassuring me that He did,
indeed, have it all under control. I responded to His call, and once
again, I could feel the warmth of the "Son" shining down on me in the
midst of my storm.
It was about an hour later when our son
texted us once again with the quote from the third plumber, someone who
had done work for us before and someone we trusted. His quote was even
less than that of our friend, and he could begin the work right
Yes, we can have that peaceful, warm, relaxing experience,
even in the midst of a major storm of life. And no, we don't have to
travel 4000 km (2500 miles) south to find it. It is with us all the
time. We simply have to choose to believe that our Heavenly Daddy has it
all under control, and we don't need to worry about a thing. After all,
didn't Jesus say, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry
heavy burdens, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28 NLT)? Didn't
Jesus stand up in the back of a wildly-pitching tiny fishing boat and
command the wind and the waves: "Silence! Be still!" (Mark 4:39
It doesn't matter how bad your storm might be. We can
always find the peace and warmth of that tropical beach in Grenada.
All we have to do is choose to believe that our Best Friend (See
John 15:15) has it all under
control. We have to put our faith in the God of Angel Armies (see
Ps. 84:9). We must choose to trust
the One who can do all things (See
Storm going on
all around? Why not join me on a tropical beach in Grenada by giving it
all to God and trusting Him to have it all under control?
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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