A severe storm with strong winds swept through our neighborhood. A large limb from a tree in my neighbor’s yard fell across the fence and crashed into the lower level of my house. After the storm passed, I went around the house to inspect the damage. The limb had broken the storm window, but not penetrated the inside pane, because the storm window was mounted outside the main glass window.
In addition to insulation, storm windows are meant to provide an additional measure of protection for homes against damages to costly inner glass panes during inclement weather. My storm window did its job. There was no water or wind damage to the room inside.
I thought about how God’s protective care is like a storm widow. When the storms of life assail, the Lord can insulate us from internal damage. We may, at times, sustain some surface damage, but the inner person can be protected. A prayer by the Apostle Paul speaks to this point. He prays, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
The word’s of Dottie Rambo’s song, ‘Sheltered In The Arms Of God’, beautifully express this truth:
So let the storms rage high, the dark clouds rise – they don’t worry me
For I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God
He walks with me and naught of earth shall harm me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.
Lord, You are my storm window. “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
~ Brother Roy