Tornados

I sat on the tailgate of our pick-up truck outside of town and watched a huge storm come together. I could see for miles as it formed over the vast space of Kansas prairie. The low hanging clouds looked like the underside of an egg carton and had an ominous, stunning, reddish color. The cool breeze was a welcome relief at the end of a hot and humid summer day. I was newly wed and had just moved to Kansas with my husband who was gone on a military field exercise that day. Unfortunately, he left this naive German girl without any instructions about the dangers of this type of storm. While my neighbors headed for the basement I headed for the hills to watch a storm. It was only when the color suddenly drained from the sky and the breeze turned violent that I became scared and headed home. On the news I heard of a tornado that touched down close by.

I was reminded of this adventure the other day when a tornado of a different kind almost touched down at our house. Hot air was rising in attitudes and demeanors. Faces that were normally bright became flushed with strange colors as the conflict grew. I was getting angry about the negative attitudes toward me and felt disrespected. Unlike in Kansas, this time I took shelter immediately. I went to the bathroom and locked the door. I texted a couple of my friends and asked for prayer.

There on my knees in my bathroom I sensed an unlikely answer:

“Why are you offended? Do you really deserve respect?”

Luke 17:5-10 came to mind.

The apostles asked for Jesus to increase their faith. I wonder if Jesus’ answer took them by surprise. He told them that they only needed little faith to accomplish great things. Did they already have what they needed but didn’t exercise it?
Then Jesus told them a parable. He asked them to identify with a certain master over servants. However, He suddenly turned the tables and let them know that they were not like this master, but like the servants. He reminded them that their duty was to serve, not be in charge. He explained to them that the way to more of God was less of them.

When the storms of life hit me, I am tempted to exercise more of me. I tend to dig deep to find more of myself. I pull my spiritual boots up and try to be strong in my faith. My human nature tries to overcome the storm by a matching force. I fail to realize the power of God and that the way up is the way down – to my knees, acknowledging my need for Him. Here my demands for respect and being heard turn quickly into recognizing His greatness and that I depend on Him for everything. Only in humility can I understand that He deserves to be served. This attitude toward God quickly relieves the heat on which storms feed.

I praise God that nothing touched down in our home the other day – except weak knees on a bathroom floor. The only damage to report was a crush to pride. I think that just might be how storms pass.

Luke 17:10 
“So you also, when you have done all
that you were commanded, say,
“We are unworthy servants,
we have only done what was our duty.'”

“Lord, help me to do my duty as Your servant.
Help me to love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and body
and love those around me in true humility!”

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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14 Responses to Tornados

  1. Bill Sweeney says:

    Wonderful post, Heidi. I love the tornado metaphor. It’s so true, the trials we face can feel like we’re caught up in a whirlwind and everything around us is spinning out of control. I am praying for you and Scott, and the kids.

  2. krc says:

    awesome post!
    and the flower photo is breathtaking!

  3. Heidi! This is so powerful–THANK YOU! Your reminder, “that the way up is the way down – to my knees, acknowledging my need for Him,” speaks not only to challenging relationships but to every life experience that causes anxiety. Praying with thanks for your insights as “tornados” of various kinds threaten–all the while trusting Him as our sure shelter in every storm. ❤️

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Yes, we face many storms of various kinds. The answer is always the One who calmed the storm. The things that appear over our heads are under His feet… let’s pray we stay low and at His feet! Thanks for being you and for letting Him use you mightily, dear Kathie!

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh Heidi . .. thank you. You always,bring a perspective that my heart needs. Indeed, why should I be offended and believe I deserve more respect. My Master was beaten and crucified. Bless you as you walk among storms and they subside!

  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    “The way up is the way down.” Much wise truth in seven simple words! Thank you for a wonderful visual reminder from tornadoes, Heidi. As we depend on him, we find the wherewithal to keep calm until the storm passes. AMEN!

  6. Heidi, thank you for another beautiful reminder of how we, as servants of the Master, respond in this life. Praise Him, that what He does in us is His witness to others. Much love and blessings.

  7. Thank dear friend for this reminder of not getting sucked into the storms! When you are outside in a tornado, experts say its best to get as flat on the ground as you can! Even when the storms are happening in our house/life its best to get on the floor ( knees) as close to God as we can. I might post a sign up saying.. instructions for when a storm is approaching…. #1 GET ON KNEES! #2 Talk TO GOD #DONT MOVE TILL STORM PASSES

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