Pounding the Pulpit: Whirlwind

D'von Chambers

“There’s a story that I’d like to share with you today … and it’s one of miracles and mystique. You have an entire world out there that doesn’t believe in the power of the Almighty, but I’m here to set them straight!”

“It was one year ago when a fierce tornado came barreling through Southern Mississippi. It’s tremendous power ripped the roots of trees straight from the ground and waved the trunks around like a tilt-a-whirl at your local fair. It consumed entire buildings in one fell swoop as trembling families crumpled to their knees watching as all of the possessions they had amassed over time were flung to and fro by the mighty whirlwinds.”

“However, as the recovery efforts began, crews worked together in teams to clean up as much debris as possible. People gathered together in huddles to pray for one another … it was a comforting experience, I’m sure. One specific crew waddled up to the doors of the local church – once a place of hope and freedom now reduced to a fragment of rubbish. You can only imagine the moment of shear ecstasy when a worker followed the voice of the Almighty down the aisle of this place of worship to find an open bible, resting on the pulpit, and completely unscathed from the horrors of the storm.”

“And the wind blew it’s pages to a familiar passage … one, I’m sure you’ve heard before. Psalm 46 … and it says this:

1-3 God is a safe place to hide,
    ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
    courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
    the tremors that shift mountains.

“The reality is … whatever storm heads our way: there is an Almighty willing and capable of being our stronghold. Our refuge. He provides the umbrella of safety over his people. In other words: when the Tornado threatens to destroy everything that we’ve worked so hard to accomplish — our Savior stands true! We do not fear the earthquakes, the squalls, or the cliffs that stand before us. We stand tall on the mountaintops! But before me is perhaps believes it’s the greatest whirlwind in a history of many. A tornado that means to jeopardize my church and my future.”

“I do not fear you for I have a sheltered place of sanctuary. A calming peace that provides over me in the face of my enemies! This particular tornado has huffed and puffed … but when the scientific organizations began to categorize this funnel of fury, it didn’t even register! For weeks, it’s danced around, avoiding any places where it may cause damage out of fear of actually being considered relevant. Church, it’s time for us to batten down the hatches … we stand united, shouting at the storm to bring it’s best efforts, because it pails in comparison to the barrage of cyclones that the Savior has given me! The winds will roar, the seas will part, and D’von Chambers will be seated on his throne!”

“No, let’s pass that plate one mo’ gain, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got us a storm to disperse!”