I know that it has been a few days since I have put anything. Thankfully the 365 day challenge doesn’t mean necessarily in a row.
I was going to write about this testimony yesterday but I thankfully I didn’t because now it means more to me anyway.
For the last month or two every time it rains I have been doing something different at work. I work at a Juvenile Facility and after we get through the gate house as I call it most of us have to walk a ways to get to our dorms we work on. This walk for me is 12 to 15 minutes one way. This walk is also not covered in any way like the other side of the facility is. I am also not able to carry my umbrella in due to the end of it having a metal tip. So if it is storming, pretty much you get soaked before reaching your dorm.
About a month ago or so I thought about it and decided that I would start speaking to the Storm and telling it, “Be the Power of Jesus Christ Name, you will not rain on me and I will not get wet.” To those co-workers around me they probably think that I am nuts… That is okay. I know that there is mighty power in the Name of Jesus. I also know that if Jesus spoke to the storm…..So can I.
Since I began to speak this to the storms that have come over my work place, not once has it actually rained on me when I am outside walking.
Today is a perfect example of this. The only chance of rain in the forecast today was at 5pm. This rain would come when I got off. Unless it hit earlier. Around 4:15pm I was doing some routine things on my dorm and that requires me to go on 4 different wings of the dorm. Our dorm is in an X shape so I have to go on all four wings. I started out on the 1st one, by the time I was on the second one I began to hear loud thunder. When I reached the hallway after the second wing, I saw my Supervisor and 2 of my case workers standing in the hall talking. I was singing, “When the Thunder Rolls” under my breath as I walk the the 3rd wing. One of the case managers asked me what I was saying and I told her that I was just singing an old country song by Garth Brooks. I told her that storm is coming. Then I went onto my 3rd wing. As I got to the end of my wing to head out to the 4th wing I noticed that my Supervisor was in a bit of a hurry to his office. I asked him if he was in a hurry. He just smiled. I went on to my 4th wing and when I looked up saw my Supervisor rushing out the door. When I completed wing 4 and got back in the hallway I noticed that the place was very dark, and quiet….. I looked around and both the Case Managers and the Supervisor’s office lights were out and the doors were shut.. They had all left in a big hurry. Deserted the safety of the dorm and had ran out to try to out run the storm. This was now 30 minutes before I could leave to go home. I could have left early but instead I had already spoke to the storm. When I was on the 3rd wing and heard the thunder… I was speaking to the storm…. “Thunder, Lighting, and Rain come on down…. but when I leave you must rain…. by the Power of Jesus Christ Name”
As I sat in my office finishing some last minute changes that came through 15 minutes until time to clock out, I kept thinking they all left early trying to beat the storm before it poured. I was shutting down my computer for the night and getting my stuff ready to go when I heard the calmness and the rain stop. I finished my last few minutes of handing the lady in the picket the updated info and told her have a good evening.
As I walked out the door, the rain had stopped completely. I instantly thanked God, then had a huge grin on my face… Why one might ask….. Because I have grown to understand the power of speaking to the storms at my work. I know that my co-workers left before the end of the day trying to get ahead of the storm, and they got wet.
When I got to my car the sun was shining very bright and the sky was blue. As I sat in my car I began to think of how we as Christians are. Most the time when we are entering a storm or know that a storm is coming… we pick up what we can and try to out run the storm. We can not out run the storms of life. We will get wet no matter how much we try to out run the storms. Perfect example was how my co-workers who got in a hurry before the time was right (time to leave) to go home, and ended up being caught by the storm anyway. When we get in a hurry and try to do things on our own timing we mess up. We get at times poured on…
If we would instead learn not to try to out run the storm, and time the storm with our own idea of when it will hit. If we are patient and wait for the proper timing and then move. If we would just learn instead of fearing and running away to get out of the storm…. If we would just learn to speak to our storms and to trust that what we speak will happen. I had things I needed to do. I had to wait for the proper time to leave my work. I had spoken to the storms many times before this and had not been rained on as well. I had to trust that God would do what He had down in the past and by giving me back my authority to speak to the storm through Jesus Christ, I was able to confidently walk out of my job without being rained on or getting wet.
Stop Running From The Storms of Your Life….
Speak To the Storm and See it Obey!!!