Spring in Texas is the time of year we spend a great deal of focus looking to the skies (and the weather app) to see when the next line of thunderstorms is going to be passing through. The threat of flooding rain, straight-line winds over 50 mph, tornados, and hail all come together to give any responsible home and auto owner angst.
Any weather forecaster worth their salt will tell you one of the best things we can do to prevent loss of life and property is to prepare and recognize the signs of danger ahead. One of those signs in the sky is the color of a storm cloud. If they turn blue, you know there is a very high probability of a hail core above and that it’s time to take cover. The photo today was taken several years ago just south of Dallas off highway 45 during one of the worst hail storms in recent years. Although slightly enhanced, you can clearly see there’s hail on the way.
In many ways, life can be just like living in Texas during the Spring. Changes come at a moment’s notice, the winds blow from the north in the morning and the south in evening. One day the heat may seem too much for us to take and on other days it may seem as though everyone around us is as cold as ice. Unexpected storms kick up and we may find ourselves with little shelter and exposed to the dangers that come with them.
Being able to recognize when these changes in life could occur is half the battle to living above them. Knowing the warning signs of when a relationship may be going bad, when our job may be in jeopardy, or when we need to make changes in our diet before major health issues occur, will keep us ahead of the surprises and possibly allow us time to prepare so the damage will be less. There is no doubt, just like bad weather, bad things in life will come our way no matter who we are. The Bible even promises they will. How do we do recognize them?
One key to helping us through those storms is by recognizing the signs of their coming from facing them in our past. There is no better teacher than life itself. Having been burned once, we’ll know better not to put our finger in the fire again. Having been surprised by negative experiences in the past will help us to recognize the possibility of them happening to us in the future.
Another way is to take time to evaluate where we are in life. It may be our relationships, our career, or just our living situation. By taking time to look for what we like, don’t like, what’s encouraging to us, and what’s hurting us, we’ll be able to determine if there’s potentially a change coming; or needed.
Looking for signs of danger doesn’t mean we should live our life in fear or paranoia. Just the opposite in fact. It does mean we should take prudent steps, become more willing to accept the realities around us (good and bad), and be willing to make changes before it may be too late.
Above all things, seeking the help and guidance of a loving Heavenly Father who can warn us, prepare us, and protect us from the storms of life, will keeps us safe from more dangers than we may ever know. He may not stop the storms from blowing against our home, but He can protect us from their damage; or worse. In that truth, I take refuge knowing I can face the challenges of life head on prepared for whatever may come my way and so can you…