The Storm Passed Us By
My Little Justus
Hurricane Katrina, August 2005
By Cathy Read: We were bracing for Hurricane Isaac today. But thankfully God spared us. The following is from a previous message that I wrote during the destructive hurricane winds of Katrina. May God bless you through it.
My youngest son had just turned three a month before the storm hit.
Little Justus was trying to be brave,
when his oldest sister turned to take a picture of him
while he was standing beside me
in the doorway of our home on that day.
The original picture is much clearer,
but his eyes and face were red from crying,
and he was holding his lips real tight
to keep from crying in front of the camera.
He, along with his six year old brother,
was absolutely terrified when the trees started falling
all around us during the worst part of the storm.
They became visibly upset when an over 100 foot pine tree
fell across our drive way and blocked us in,
and my little boys were begging me to call for help.
When another pine tree went through the roof and
water started pouring into the kitchen and a bedroom,
all seven of my children became quite disturbed.
It was then I realized that we could actually die in this storm;
but I also had full confidence that ONLY if it was God's will.
My husband had not been with us due to the war,
but two weeks later, soon before he was to arrive home,
my oldest daughter asked my little Justus,
"Are you going to tell daddy that you were a big boy during the storm?"
He hung his little head and looked to the ground,
and with an ashamed look on his face
he looked up and said, "No, I was little."
Such a profound statement from the mouth of my baby!
He made me realize just how small all of us
really are in the sight of God!
I can honestly say that fear was not with me
on that very devastating Day,
but only a great love and concern
for my dear children.
My response to the terror of the Storm
was to call upon the LORD;
and God's peace was noticeably with us.
I thank God that He heard my most earnest plea!
All of us NEED the LORD in our Lives,
and HE IS the only One who truly helped us
in the midst of that Storm.
God will use the trials and tribulations of this Life
to show us how we desperately need Him,
and I pray you won't reject His call!
Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God,
IS the ONLY WAY to Heaven;
and He gave His Life so we could Live for all Eternity
in the presence of the Eternal King!
"He said to me,
'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs,
in persecutions, in distresses, for Christís sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Blessed be the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
All Praise, Honor, Glory and Power be unto the One Who sits upon the Throne,
and unto the Lamb, forever and ever, Amen!