Call them what you may...the storms in your life, the challenges you face, the “ups and downs,” pitfalls or simply bad days. Some are unexpected, shock and surprise us. We don't know how well we will do until they happen. While others we can see coming on the horizon like an approaching storm.


Does the distant rumble scare you before you see the first cloud?


Does the very warning of such an event put your life in turmoil even when you don't know all the details?


I ask this because I witnessed the most remarkable thing this morning. First of all, when the weather person tells me we will have a thunder storm I know that my dog will have a difficult time. Long before it arrives he begins to sense its approach.


So, right on script he woke me up early this morning. Ever notice, these things happen in the darkest hour most generally? As I gathered myself and went downstairs with Sir Tobias right on my heels. I started speaking words of comfort letting him know that I wouldn't leave him. Soon the storm that was brewing didn't seem as big and as we went to the front porch to get the paper he was ready with the sounding alarm of a “woof” to chase that intruder away. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”


It was dark. In the distance the skies flashed and the thunder rumbled across the mountainside. But all around me the birds sang. I mean there was a glorious chorus of chirping echoing throughout the darkness. I couldn't even see one bird, but it sounded like thousands.


Out of all the creatures God created wouldn't you think that the bird would have the most to fear? Yet, they never stopped singing. I've noticed that every morning around dawn they are singing. Storm or no storm. What is it that they know that we don't know? When Psalm 50:15 says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee...” it doesn't end there. It ends with... “and thou shalt glorify me.”


We should wake up everyday grateful for it, and yet, if it's a day of a “storm” in our life, or an approaching storm, we aren't singing. Sadly, our singing has been reserved for the good days. If we would sing during the storms, like the birds, the rumble of all fear around us would add depth to our voice and carry it further. Perhaps even to inspire others and calm those who care about us.


“But I will sing of thy power; I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.” Psalm 59:16


Michael Cochran


Storm Chaser

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