Last week I had the privilege of speaking to the AYP Conference for Alabama & Mississippi. We gathered in beautiful Orange Beach, right on the Gulf of Mexico. On Thursday we enjoyed a beautiful mild day in the upper 80’s with just a few clouds in sky, low humidity, and a light breeze. That evening as we ate dinner on the patio outside right at sunset I captured the beauty of  that moment for my Facebook page with the caption, “Not exactly suffering for Jesus”. It was a perfect night to enjoy God’s creation.

However, less than 24 hours later as we gathered in the conference room the next morning all tarnation broke loose. A huge thunderstorm had rolled in dumping several inches of rain, more than just a few loud lightning strikes, and prompting numerous flash flood warnings. Being from Oregon, I know a bit about rain…but this was nuts!

As I thought about that experience, it’s amazing how much that has resembled my life at times! Just when things seem to going along smoothly without a care in the world, something changes and I’m once again facing another storm in my life. 24 hours can make a world of difference in your situation.

Last Monday a good friend of mine came home from work with headache. A few hours later that headache turned into a major stroke. For the next 2 days he was sedated and unconscious lying in a hospital bed…and then he died. It  was sudden, unexpected, and unnerving. Blue skies of joy gave way to dark clouds of grief in the blink of an eye.

It’s times like that bring the promises in God’s Word into stark relief. “I will never leave or forsake you…”, “Yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”, “You are my rock and my fortress…”, “Lo, I will be with you always…”, “Neither life, nor death…can separate us from the love of God”.

Maybe you’re enjoying the “blue sky” today…maybe a thunderstorm has hit your life. Whatever your lot may be, be assured that God is walking with you! Be encouraged, be comforted, and keep looking up! Storms come and go…sometimes in 24 hours or less