"Cabin fever" has been the prevalent syndrome discussed on the news channel the last few days. However, many viewers have sent messages talking about the wonderful opportunities this severe weather has given them to play games with their kids, spend time with their spouse, be still and read a book, rediscover a passion, or reconnect with a neighbor. People are often thrown by the wayside in the hurried pace of our lives. God's Word is one amazing story of his pursuit of people. The weather has reminded us that people are important.
The financial impact of this storm is also staggering. State Chief Economist, Tom Potiowsky, estimates that the financial impact for our state could be in the neighborhood of 10 million dollars (www.katu.com). Yet, the roads are being cleared, dear souls are bringing food and essentials to the airport for stranded travelers, and grocery stores are doing their best to be open so that folks might walk to buy supplies. The apostle Paul reminds us, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 NIV) I know that stories will abound from this region about how God supplied the needs of each day.
I have been reminded that people are important and that God will supply all my needs. However, my most powerful reminder has been that He really is in control. Portlanders have spent hours glued to the news forecast. The storm coverage has preempted regular programming for 5 days. Unfortunately our weather forecasters simply haven't called this one correctly. In fact, their recent words and facial expressions tell us that this has been quite a humbling experience. It is no wonder that they have had such difficulty when the Creator of the Universe is calling the shots!
Jesus' words provide wise counsel for us through this storm and as we resume our hurried lives. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." (John 14:1 NIV)