Joy's Whirlwind
Hi friends, Thanks for your comments on my latest kitchen question.
We've had practice eating out day and day and week after week when we lived in a hotel right after the fire. I'll talk more about the opportunity to do that again later...
In the meantime, I wanted to share part of an amazing post from my sweetest friend Joy.

If you're facing a whirlwind of your own, I hope you will be encouraged by some of Joy's words and wisdom.



Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind” Job 40:6

This was the first verse in my daily reading the other morning, and quite honestly I didn’t need to read any further. God had spoken.

I have been unable to write here for quite some time. Some of you know the “whirlwind” that has attacked. Some of the ‘damages’ are visual, some hidden, but all have left me confused and unable to focus. Reading and writing have both become a challenge. Thoughts swirl and I’m unable to catch them and string them together with any clarity or coherence. I am in that whirlwind.

A whirlwind is defined as a weather phenomenon in which a vertically, rotating column of air forms due to instabilities and turbulence created by heating and current gradients. Whirlwinds occur all over the world and in any season. They are described as being a violent or destructive force, impetuous and speedy.

Whirlwinds can occur anywhere at any time. I am caught in that rotating column of air that is threatening to spin my life out of control. The weather in my "season" is unsettled. BUT...God can answer me from the whirlwind. FROM the whirlwind. Do you know what that means? Can you grasp the reality of what that is saying? He's in there with me. I am not alone. That brings a sense of calm and peace to the swirling currents already. He's in there....with me...and so until He speaks, I am going to reach over for His Hand and hold tight, because He is IN THIS current phenomenon.

And…what is a phenomenon? Why, it’s a remarkable development. It is extremely unusual and extraordinary. In its original Greek it means, that which appears or is seen. God allows whirlwind experiences because He desires to do something marvellous and significant in our lives so that others will see Him. He desires to make my life phenomenal and He wants me, and others watching, to see Him in the whirlwind. A whirlwind makes God visible.

It surprises me the singularity of the definition of a whirlwind. It’s “a” current, “a” column, “a” force. Does it not often seem like a whirlwind is multiple storms? Maybe it’s because of all the debris it acquires when we allow it to gain momentum in our hearts. Our minds race ahead and accumulate worthless what if’s, worry and urgency. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Has an unstable disturbance rocked your world recently? Is your life currently characterized by disjointed thoughts, sleeplessness, change in appetite, anxiety, concern, back aches, racing heart and agitation? You too are in a whirlwind, but you are not alone. God came to Job not only with an answer, but AS the answer. Insert your name in the verse above, “Then the LORD answered Joy from the whirlwind”.

Today I will be listening for God to speak to me from the whirlwind.

Okay friends, now it your turn. What whirlwind are you facing today and what are you hearing God say from your whirlwind?


Anonymous Shawnia said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have had fybromyaga for 6 years. It has been REALLY hard. Like a whirlwind. I am only 32 and have 2 children. I am very grateful I am blessed with an amazing husband. Also two amazing children. I have grown a lot with God since I have had this. He is my ROCK and sees me through ever day. I don't want to focus on all the pain I am in. i want to give it to God and know he will heal me. It say in Isaiah " We are healed by His stripes". May God bless you in all you do. With Love and Prayers, Shawnia. Phil.4:13

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