Sleeping through the Storm

Wednesday, August 13

8-13By Carl Mesle of Independence, Missouri, USA

But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. When you are disturbed…ponder it on your beds, and be silent. …put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

—Psalm 4:3–6 NRSV

A young camper going into unfamiliar territory in questionable weather was about to bed down for the night. He asked his guide what he would do in case of a severe storm. “I’ll be sleeping,” replied the guide. The camper remained uneasy but finally fell asleep.

During the night a severe storm woke the camper. Noticing that his sleeping guide seemingly had not moved to protect them from the storm, he got up. He checked the campsite and found the camp ready for the storm. The guide, knowing tent ropes often shrink when wet, had left them slack to allow for the shrinkage.

The guide had dug a trench around the tent so water would run around, and not through, the tent. He had covered the camp supplies to keep them dry. The guide was on top of it—he had made every provision for their safety from the expected storm.

The camper slipped off his wet raincoat and quietly went back to bed, amazed at the foresight and wisdom of his guide. Sweet dreams!

Prayer for Peace Faithful God, we thank you for the assurance that you hear us in the night—in the storm. Help us act responsibly for our safety and others’ welfare and to be at peace with our choices.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will prepare for the worst, pray for the best, and trust you.

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  1. Dorcas Wilkinson

     /  13 August 2014

    Thank you, Carl for your wisdom. May we all live with such serenity. You were that guide for many of us!

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