There is a cyclone approaching our coastline, predicted to make landfall on Tuesday.
As in years past when these events threaten the town everyone is securing their home and belongings, clearing the yard of any debris, stocking up on essentials should we lose power, preparing safe shelter for pets and livestock and generally making sure that when the time comes to lock the doors and stay inside it is with some form of self assurance that all which could be done was in fact accomplished.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere you would be more acquainted with calling our cyclone a hurricane, and though this one is not a threat on the scale of Cyclone Yasi (2011) which decimated our coastline and even hundreds of kilometres inland, it is predicted to be a Category 4 and that's nothing to take lightly because it will cause a great deal of damage when it arrives.
Impending threats loom often in life, don't they?
Fear of what's ahead, a reaction we're dreading, expecting the worst outcome when all hope has faded, the long and frightening wait for a diagnosis, wondering when the next paycheck will arrive and how to survive until it does - all can fill our minds with fear and uncertainty.
But you know, God is bigger than all that and though we may still have to walk through our valleys or hide out from the storm, HE IS WITH US the entire time.
Hold fast to Him no matter what you face, and trust Him to carry you through.
I'm singing "Blessed Assurance" as I type this...'praising my Saviour all the day long'.
Is there anything better?
Not at all.