March 16, 2011

Song for the Storm

Last year one night I was driving home from a long 12 hour shift at the hospital, its a 30 minute drive with no traffic and in perfect weather, and I was tired. Not only was I tired, but it was raining, hard. We were under all kinds of severe thunderstorm warnings and there was a tornado warning right by the hospital that I had just left.

I had no choice but to drive.

 I was having a panic attack, I don't like driving in bad weather, I don't really like driving at all, but this drive home was scary. I remember driving around 30 mph (on the interstate) staying within view of the tail lights ahead of me because that was all I could see. I had been listening to the radio to make sure there were no tornado warnings for where I was going and after scanning every other station and hearing all about the horrible weather, and I decided to switch over to my CD. I hardly ever listen to CDs anymore, I have an iphone so usually I stream my music through my car, but since the weather was so horrible I didn't feel like it was safe to be messing with that. I didn't even know what CD was in the CD player. It happened to be a mix cd I had burned a few months prior. The first song was this song.

I felt like the Lord knew I needed this song at this moment. I love the second verse.

"When my life is like a storm,
rising waters all I want is the shore.
You say I'll be okay,
make it through the rain.
You are my shelter from the storm."

But that's not all. I started crying. The Lord used this real life storm to remind me that I was His. He had my life in his hands. After about the second time I heard this song (I played it on repeat) I saw a familiar car pass me. My mom, also a nurse, worked about 10 minutes from where I work and she passed me. I switched lanes and got behind her and followed her all the way to our exit. 

The Lord had provided when I was in need. He always does. 

I still really love this song. I heard it on Pandora this morning and it reminded me of this time and I felt like it was something I needed to share. I know the Lord always provides in my life, but sometimes I feel like we aren't always in tune with it. Usually I find myself the most in tune with it, when I need something or I am in trouble. I am working on being in tune when I don't- when I am just living day to day life. I know He always provides, but I want to constantly be in tune with Him to see his provisions.  


Have a blessed Wednesday and remember that He always provides shelter from the storm or whatever else we may need.
 

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