Time of Distress

We have a little boat that we love and it gets us to all sorts of fun places in the summer.  Last night, we took it over to Westhampton Beach for dinner and treats at the Beach Bakery.  And then we headed home.  Right away, we noticed a huge dark cloud to our right.  And ever so often, we’d see these flashes of light.  As we sailed home, we noticed them more and more and finally realized that it was lightning that we were seeing.

We assumed it was heat lighting.  Because yesterday was so hot and humid.  At first, I didn’t mind it so much.  Because it was crazy beautiful to see the clouds all lit up on a dark night on the water.  But as we got closer and closer to Eastport, that cloud full of lightning seemed to be getting closer and closer as well.  And the random flashes of lightning were getting stronger.  Jeremy said it would be fine, because he didn’t see any cloud to ground flashes, but just after he said that, we saw a few.

I’ll be honest.  My heart was terrified.  Because you learn as a kid to never be outdoors in lightning and being on the water?  That was just asking for it.  So I made little comments to Jeremy, just to make sure he realized the severity (in my mind) of our situation.  I worried.  I felt fear grip my heart.  And I prayed.  Oh, how I prayed.

Thankfully, we got to the dock safely.  And then out of our boat and our boat out of the water and then safely home as well.  And walking into our home, I was able to slowly shake those heavy feelings and it was such a needed relief.

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And I write this all to share that we will have those times of distress.  Things will come up that will bring fear and worry and doubt.  But throughout those times, we can trust God to be with us.  Trust Him with our situations.  And have faith that He will lead and guide us.

I feel sad to write these words.  But on Friday night, Michael was having stomach issues that were concern enough for him to go to the hospital.  He spent yesterday getting a variety of tests done.  I got a text from Sally this morning that he is back in the ICU with a fever and lots of neuro-storming.  Sally has been with him since Friday, and has not gotten sleep in the past few days and in so many ways this is such a sad and devastating situation.

Friends please pray for Michael.  Please pray for the doctors to find what is causing him distress.  Please pray for healing and for strength.  Please pray for Sally, Mike, Sarah and Katelyn as this has such an impact on them as well.   Please pray especially for Sally.  She has been through so much and is in need of so much support and strength right now.

She asked me to ask for prayers and I told her I would do just that.  I am standing firm believing that God is faithful and that He will be with Michael through this storm.  I ask that you would stand in prayer and faith as well.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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