He Calms the Storm

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.’

Matthew 18:20 NKJV


A devotion for May 1st through May 7th


When things are tough, it’s so good to have more than one praying.  God does answer prayer, sometimes it takes a long time, and we don’t get the answer quite the way we expect but sometimes the answer comes in the moment.  This happened for several of us late Friday afternoon.

We were taking a trip to bury my uncle’s ashes.  My husband and I rented a van and picked up 5 others (family and significant others) at the airport on the way to Oklahoma.  When we got on the turnpike (I35) we began watching the clouds.  There were some ominous ones, huge and dark, white, and billowy, building all around us.  At one point we stopped for gas before sunset and took a few pictures.  There was lightning and clouds that seemed to be swirling.  It was so interesting but yet a bit unnerving.

We set off to try and get past the storm as quickly as possible.  As we began to go, I watched the radar while the others watched the sky.  At one point, we noticed off in the distance at two separate times, two funnels.  We knew there were tornados around us.  I had already started praying silently in the car.  I had also been texting with family and friends, both back home and waiting for us at our hotel some distance away.  Each family and friend stated they were also praying for us.

We made it through the storm and out the other side to clear skies.  We heard of tornados that had been reported and photographed.  Through all the dark and scary weather, we made it safely to our hotel.  God answered all the prayers.  On both ends, back home and far away in a hotel, God heard the prayers.  God heard the prayer quietly being spoken to Him from our car.  He guided us through it all.  No damage, but a fun story for all the young people in our car to share.  He brought us safely through the storm.  He answered prayer.

It's important to remember that no matter what the situation is, no matter the location, pray.  Whether you are the one back home waiting to hear your loved one arrives safely to their destination, or you’re the one at the destination waiting for a loved one to arrive, pray.  Whether you’re the one traveling down the path from one moment to the next, pray.  God hears and God answers.

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