How is the weather where you are today? Is it cold, rainy, sunny, cloudy, snowy, windy or perhaps, shaky? We know that it can change from day to day, or depending on where you are, from hour to hour.
Growing up near Savannah, Georgia, we would jestingly tell those visiting, “if you don’t like the weather, stay tuned, it can change quickly!”
Life can happen just that way. You can receive a phone call, knock on the door, or a meeting notice than can change everything in a matter of minutes. It can feel like the wind gets knocked out of you. All of a sudden, you have trouble hearing and comprehending what people are saying. You want to run and hide. You want to stay and resist what you have heard or witnessed and life is never the same.
The storms of life often become life-altering events but the one piece that it takes time to cultivate for a clearer understanding is that God uses every thing big or small, or significant to shape our life into the course it needs to follow. Remember, He is the same One who causes the Colorado River to run uphill near the place it joins the Gunnison River and runs into a desert in Utah.
So, when you receive the kind of news that ushers in a new season of life, trust that God has special places and plans for you that you possibly never would have considered.
Yesterday, I received one of those calls that caused a season in my life to come to a close. The toughest part is realizing that the temptation to be fearful is overwhelming at times. I am a creature of habit and I LOVE my routine. But, I love God more and am open to all He has for me in the future.
And then today. We recently completed a second of two moves within one month. We sold our home in North Atlanta and took an apartment for a few weeks. My husband began a new job west of Atlanta and so we hitched up the wagons and headed west…okay well we loaded up the truck and moved to…West Georgia!
And today, (1/30/13), the welcome committee was on hand to “sound off” their greeting. Just days after the last few boxes were unpacked… horrific storms spawning tornados are raging all around. As I write this, I am a mere hour outside of the middle bathroom in my hallway where I waited, rather anxiously, while sounds and rains stormed all around.
My little dog, the ever loyal Sammy, was sitting on my lap shivering, probably mostly from nerves, while my cat, Chloe was no where to be found in the house.
As I sat in that bathroom, I remembered the Scripture where Jesus commanded the storm to “be still”. So, I tried my hand at following a wise example and commanded in a mostly, shaky voice, “Peace, be still, you crazy storm!” Serious confidence lacking here.
What happened next was nothing short of hair-raising. I was on my cell phone with my hubby, who was in North Georgia, the other end of where the storms were raging and we prayed. When I made my daring command, within ONE minute, all was quiet on this western front and I soon resumed my role as a pretty happy camper, answering texts and messages from close friends who know I’ve just moved here.
I am grateful for the example that Jesus taught me in speaking out to the storm(s) in my life that they are to “calm”. I am MOST grateful that the storm obeyed :).
So for tomorrow. He is already there and my greatest fear and apprehension comes, only, when I look ahead at my future and picture me there without Him.
Where are you today? Are storms raging? I have an anchor ~ His anchor holds as I grip the Solid Rock!
Storms cease…and we are stronger because of our experience.
Sheri Geyer is a Master Certified Christian Life Coach, Mentor, Writer, Wife & Mom
Sheri Geyer was born in Savannah, and has spent most of her life in Georgia, both in rural areas and living in the big city of Atlanta. Sheri is a Master Certified Christian Life Coach whose career includes 30+ years of ministry and successful business ownership.
Through her work, personal life experience and mostly her Grandmother’s Wisdom, Sheri has developed a passion for encouraging others to enjoy a more simplified life in all of the significant areas. She provides her tried and true, southern “Grandma-isms” to guide others to a path of peace that often leads to a more fulfilling life and the best version of themselves.
Sheri writes at SheriGeyer.Blog offering encouraging perspectives for living simply. She also coaches groups and individuals on the benefit of living life in a manner that aligns with the values that are most important to them.
Sheri is Managing Broker of Fathom Realty-Savannah. She and her husband, Jeff Geyer, are teamed up in Real Estate as The Geyer Team.
A “Brady Bunch Mom” of sorts, Sheri has 3 daughters and 3 stepsons, and enjoys a simple life in the Savannah area with hubby, Jeff, and furry buddies, Libby & Max (doggies) and Snow & Storm (kitties). She is a Grandma-to-be, coming May 2020!
She enjoys reading, writing, fireside and porch chats, coffee & tea, family & friends, simple living, clean eating, fresh air, older music, rocking chairs, her hubby and kiddos, fur babies, and Real Estate.