The Blizzard of '49

Updated: May 20, 2020

The states of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado had a massive blizzard in 1949. It just wouldn't quit snowing. The winds never stopped blowing. It just kept coming. Commerce stopped. Traffic stopped. Life was interrupted.

Many people, who died in the storm, their bodies weren't discovered until the spring thaws. It was a devastating event. It was called the storm of the century. There's been nothing like it since.

What do we do when our life problems look like the "Storm of the Century"? David, while being a sheep herder, knew how to handle a problem. When storms invaded his life he stayed authentic to who he was in God. He fought Goliath in the same way he negotiated through his normal life. He had a faith in God, an overcoming attitude, and authenticity. Goliath wasn't prepared to engage a sheep herder. David was prepared to engage a Goliath though.

I see where we are told in scripture, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:" 1John 5:14. God hears us. I'll say it again...God hears us!

The best way I know to be confident and assured that God hears us is to be authentic. Authentic to the fact that God loves us. That Jesus will "never leave us nor forsake us". That He is bigger than any storm we may face. That we are all made unique. In that "uniqueness" we are able to follow Jesus's example. In that uniqueness we can ask according to His will. In that uniqueness we can finally become authentic.

The sun will always eventually come out and the snow thaws. Goliath loses his head and David becomes king. My prayer is that we become authentic to who we are in Christ. That we are able to let Him show us how to conquer the storm. That we can all find the confidence spoken of in 1 John.

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