Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

Post-Blizzard Promise

“He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.” —2 Samuel 23:4

Roaring winds, the spray of sleet and snow, dangerous and slippery ice. Remember those storms when you were a child? I sure do. I’d shiver under my quilt, listening to the creaking branches outside my bedroom window. Would the house survive? Would I?

Moaning winds made me feel lonesome. I hoped sleep would let me escape the night, but every time I’d nod off, rattling windows would shake me awake. I watched the twisted shadows of branches jerk madly across the bedroom wall. Would morning ever come?

Yes, but with it, a different picture. I awoke to soft rays of sun warming my bed covers. The howling had ceased and only an occasional gust would swirl powdery snow off the sill. Quiet called me out of bed and to the window where I gasped at the dazzling white landscape. It was… beautiful.

There are days when my soul feels windblown, raw, and exposed—times when I’m tossed in a blustery tempest and with everything breaking loose. But the God who brings beauty out of blizzards promises to bring peace after the storm. And when the beauty dawns, I hardly remember the fright of that stormy trial.

If you sense storm warnings, hold on to a couple of “winter watch” verses from Scripture. Recall how near and present the Lord really is. Cling to His promise of peace. Remember that joy comes in the morning. Let Him cover your fear with His love, like a blanket of snow, soft and gentle.

You are the Lord who calmed the storms and brought peace to fearful hearts. Praise You for being the light of morning at sunrise. Thank You for being the brightness after rain.

Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530.

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