Grateful


hail_300This morning, I started cleaning out Terrie’s nightstand.  I found some money, lotions, nail files, and various things to be thrown away.  But there were a couple of things that I wanted to share with you.  There were a couple of thank you notes to her that I will add to “Her” Children Will Rise Up Part 2.  The other item was a copy of an email that I wrote to my Sunday school class on May 11, 2010.  In a way, it symbolizes the love we had/have for one another.   Terrie would read what I wrote three or four times.  She said this email was special to her and she would read it from time to time over the last five years.  I had entitled that email “Grateful”.

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27 ESV

I am grateful.  Yesterday afternoon, my boss called and told us to leave early.  A storm was coming.  As I drove home, I called Terrie to make sure she was on her way home.  I wanted to be close to her because the storm was coming.  As I continued on toward the house, I listened to KTOK describing a rope tornado by Yukon.  I got home, but Terrie hadn’t made it yet.  It started to hail and I became “concerned”.  She was at I-240 and S. Penn trying to get through the light, but the traffic was so bad, it took three cycles before she could continue.  I prayed for her as I stood in the garage with the door open watching it hail.  I asked the Lord to allow her to get home into the garage before any “bad” hail came.  A couple of minutes later, she rounded the corner and pulls into the garage, in a way that reminded me of a Presidential motorcade; quick and efficient.  Just as she got into the garage, the “bad” hail came; two inch diameter hail.  I was moved that the Lord answered my specific prayer with exact timeliness.

I am grateful that, as we read Facebook accounts of our church members going through the storm, no one was harmed.  Windshields broken, but no one harmed.  I am grateful to have my home intact; with electricity, with water, with all our possessions.  I pray for those who had lost all of that last night.  In less than 30 seconds their life was turned around.  I saw one news story of a woman who was crying out to God to save her from the storm.  He did and I am grateful He did.  “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?”  He is Jesus, Jesus Lord to me, Master, Savior, Prince of Peace, Ruler of my heart today.  He is Jesus!

Sunday, I spoke about having clarity in our walk with the Lord.  I spoke about living our life in a way that  will give a clear testimony that we are Christians.  My life was turned around in less than 30 seconds on December 12, 1977.  There was a great calm.  I am grateful for my salvation and the opportunity to serve the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Live for the Lord,

Brother Steve Elkins

It seemed appropriate that I would find this email on this day for two reasons.

It was thirty-eight years ago, today, that I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.  He as been so wonderfully kind to me as I have tried to serve Him.

Secondly, I find my life in yet another storm.  But I am still grateful.  I am grateful for someone that loved me enough to keep a piece of paper next to her for five years to read and re-read.  I have said that Terrie loved me with a pure love.  A manifestation of God’s pure love through her to me.  She was so wonderfully kind to me as well.

I am grateful that I still believe the last paragraph of the email is true.  There is a great calm.  We can navigate these waters.  Jesus is with us!

“What sort of man is this, that even the wind’s and sea obey him?”  He is Jesus, Jesus Lord to me, Master, Savior, Prince of Peace, Ruler of my heart today.  He is Jesus!

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