Devotionals: I Made it Through the Storm!

Matthew 8:23-26

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Last week on the East Coast, there was much talk about a a Nor' Easter/Rain storm coming on Friday, March 2nd.  I had booked a ticket about a month in advance for that same day to go to California from New York. And out of all days, the storm was supposedly going to take place that day. "Mmhmm ain't that something" I thought to myself. I was not going to let hearsay of the storm affect me or get me discouraged. I had a trip I wanted to go on and believed I would still make it. If worse came to worse, I would  go another time. I had plans cancelled before. Something about this time though, I didn't feel like it would be cancelled. I had this reassurance . I would make it on my trip.

The Day of: Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Friday, March 2nd 10:00 am : I wake up and check my window for the weather. It is raining lightly and still no message from the airline. I  go to brush my teeth and there is no water running from the bathroom faucet. I turn on both faucets, hot and cold, and nothing comes out. I tell myself,"My flight is at 4:45 pm. I am going to leave my house at 1 pm just in case things are delayed from the weather, hopefully the water comes on by 12:00 pm".

Friday, March 2nd 12:00 pm : After watching my favorite show "The Real", I go to check the water again and there still isn't any water running from my bathroom sink. I go to the kitchen and the water is working. I fill up two gallon water bottles just in case. A woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do.

Friday, March 2nd, 12:05 pm : My fiance calls me and tells me that Capitol One bank systems are shut down and I may not be able to withdraw money or use my card. I run in my pajamas to the nearest ATM to try and take out money. It is still raining, a little bit harder this time and the wind is blowing a little. The ATM works and I take out extra money just in case. I am a little overwhelmed, but still patient and keeping the faith. My journey will go on.

Friday, March 2nd:12:20 pm : I make it back home and turn on the water. I have 40 minutes to make it outdoors. The water comes on and I take my shower and get dressed. I make pretty good timing and leave my home by 1:15 pm.

Friday, March 2nd 3:15 pm : I have taken the train, the Long Island Rail Road, and make it to the Air Train to drop me off at the Airline Gate. I am an hour and a half early, and am feeling really good. Until..... The air train stops at Gate 2 when I need to be at Gate 5. The operator tells us we are stopping shortly because there is traffic ahead.

Friday, March 2nd 3:35 : I am still on the Air Train  20 minutes later and it still has yet to move. People are concerned and upset because they do not want to miss their flight. The operator doesn't tell us what is going on. We then find out the AirTrain has lost power. There is no shuttle sent and we find out we either have to either walk or take a cab to our airline gates.

Friday, March 2nd 3:45 pm : I decide to walk with another woman who has told me that she is going to the same gate I am and is on the same flight. We do not want to pay for cabs after spending money on previous modes of transportation. The wind howls outside and the rain is cold. I take the chance with my three bags. One of my book-bag straps was already torn and begins to tear from the heaviness of the load inside, and the cold rain is hitting my face. I cannot hold my umbrella and walk with my bags at the same time. Too much is going on, but as the wind and rain push me, I push back. God keeps reassuring me and strengthening me through all of this. I could feel it. I was still going to make  it for my trip. I  wanted to give up, but I didn't.

Friday, March 2nd 4:15 p m: After walking for about a 1/2 mile to my Gate, I try to check my bag via the check baggage kiosk and the kiosk sends me to Customer Service. Customer service tells me it is too late to check my bag for my flight, and I will not make it through security in time. They offer me another option to get on another flight leaving 15 minutes later after my original scheduled flight. I am a bit flustered but am just happy to be able to still have the opportunity to go.

Friday, March 2nd 4:43 pm: I have made it through security and have two minutes to make it on my new scheduled flight before the doors close. At exactly 4:45 pm I make it to my gate, and am the last person to get on the plane. I walk to my seat and find out I have a window seat. On my missed flight I would've been sitting in the middle. I also did not have someone sitting next to me, so I had two seats to myself. "To God be the Glory!".

What took place on Friday, March 2nd reminded me of Jesus in Matthew 8:24. After healing many people; a man with leprosy, one of his disciple's moms who had a fever, and people who were demon possessed,  Jesus got in a boat with his disciples to cross a lake. While they were crossing the lake, a furious storm occurred and the disciples were scared. While the storm was taking place, Jesus was asleep. The disciples thought they were going to drown. They woke Jesus up in fear, and he asked them why they were afraid and then rebuked and calmed the wind. Jesus was not afraid of the storm. He could sleep during the storm because he had no fear and was reassured from God. Jesus was not worried, nor was he concerned about the weather because he knew that they would make it through. And this my friends was the same faith that carried me that day. The winds roared, my water was off, and I had to get on a new flight. But through it all,  I had faith and just knew some way I would make it . It wasn't easy, but I made it. 

Most times when we hear of storms; We anticipate the load, the effects and damage of the storm, way before it happens. This is natural for us ,but remember, God has the final say. God show us who's in charge. He shows us everything will not always occur as we expect it. But if you have faith and look ahead, you will see that the storm is not that bad and you too will make it through. There is nothing we cannot get through. I made it and you can make it.

Be Encouraged,