Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Storm Shelter

I think God was trying to teach me something last night. He used two children, a storm and the kindness of neighbors. The weather turned ugly just before church time. My granddaughter was afraid, she does not like lightening. Grandma and Grandpa continued to reassure her and her little brother, that we were safe and God was watching out for us. We convinced them to "March in the Infantry" and sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" very loud, hoping to drown out the sound of the storm and calm their little spirits. The thunder, wind, rain, lightening and hail came and went all through services. We prayed in class that God would protect and care for us. During our devotional time at the end of services, our elder spoke of the assurance we have in Christ and the confidence we should have that once we ask, He will answer.
We'd been home just a few minutes when the second storm hit, bringing with it the same rain, hail, wind, lightening and thunder. Again we sang and laughed-----until the tornado siren sounded! Although she is only five and her brother only two, and I think this was their first time with the siren, they knew it was loud and scary and that it couldn't mean something good. God bless our good neighbors, the Harpers, who called and invited us to share their storm shelter. We bundled up the kids, already in their jammies, wrapped their blankets round them, grabbed little dog and ran next door. The children were frightened and clung to us. We reassured them again, as did our neighbors, that we were safe. Before long, the children were talking and singing and playing ring-around-the-rosie, oblivious to the storm outside and the almost constant news on the weather radio. As long as we were in the shelter, they felt safe enough to play, sing and do what small children do. After awhile, we were given the all clear, the weather warning was lifted and we made our way home. The children were afraid again as we began to leave the shelter, and once again, reassurance was in order. As we arrived back home and tucked them in with hugs and kisses, Madi said "I am so proud of God for keeping us safe, aren't you Grandma?" And within a few minutes, both she and her brother were sound asleep. How amazing is the faith of a child and the protection of the Father?

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1



Blogger Monalea said...

Neva my precious friend,

I love it! I got a different look at the security I have in my 'Shelter'.

Love you 2-3-6


8:14 AM  
Anonymous lisa leichner said...

Children are so sweet!

If only I would be willing to give complete trust to my Father, rather than holding back and expecting to be let down.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great lesson we learn--God even teaches in a storm.
Blessings to you today, neva


8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! singing really loud is a great idea and I love the choice of songs. Thanks for reminding me to trust in Him


9:56 AM  
Blogger Liz Moore said...

If only we could continue to cling to Him like little Children. Our lives would be so much easier and make so much more sense. I'm glad everyone is safe!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good teachers your grandchildren are. That is wonderful!

Love ya

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very wise, that child, no wonder you think she is the beat all to end all.


12:34 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Just goes to show us, if we put our trust in the things of this world, our hoe will be shattered. Putting trust in the One who deserves it brings only peace and fulfillment.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Larissa said...

I am glad you are all safe, but I can't help but laugh a little. Madi is very aware of the "whistle" we have had this conversation many times about how small towns have sirens, but they have never actually experienced the real thing. I bet that was a fun experience with them! We even talked about how I was sure in your town they had sirens too. Now they know! I am really missing them!!! Hug them for me!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a touching story. That security and assurance that comes with belonging to God is so priceless. How smart is that little girl? I know you must be proud.


2:59 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Great lesson, Neva, appreciate you sharing it with us.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post--something we need to remember whether the storm is weather related or spiritual. God will take care of us, of that we can be sure.

Well done,


3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comfort in the time of storm--that is exactly what He is and will always protect His own.
Good thougths today


4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often find myself praying and then fretting. Your post gave me much to think about. Thank you friend,


4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen- we are safe. So glad you were in a safe place and with such great entertainment.


5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have the biggest bodyguard in the whole world. He will protect us from everything--even ourselves.

I like this post.


7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't He say, "Fear not, I am with you?" I guess He really means it.

Good post


7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madi sounds like quite the girl. I am glad she has good grandparents.


8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never disappoint me when I drop by. Keep up the good work.


9:18 PM  
Blogger TREY MORGAN said...

Thought about you guys last night while watching the news and weather. Glad you're well.

Thanks for always sharing your wonderful spiritual applications.

9:45 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

I am glad you guys are doing good. It is too bad you didn't know then to say "goiter" while you were in the scaredy hole. James stood watch over the radio and let me sleep until @ 1:00. He woke me up and said I needed to get ready to go. We grabbed the kids and went to the designated place - the church baptistry. It is becoming a very special place to us this year as that was our fourth time to go to it. We play eye spy and if I were a wee little man I would be hiding... I was glad when we got everyone back to sleep.

Precious write up. I am proud of God too and proud of your little ones.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cute kid--and what faith she has. We should all be like her.

Good post, Neva


10:20 AM  

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