Today was the last day of the mission trip. We checked the weather and were happy to see that the forecast predicted just a 30 percent chance of rain. Armed with this important information it seemed safe to take the kids on a hike where the movie, “The Hunger Games” was filmed. The kids were incredibly excited to see the falls where it all happened. We loaded everyone up and when we arrived struck out on the trail without a thought of rain crossing our minds. The sky was mostly clear and there was no indication of rain. We all hiked to the first waterfall and enjoyed the view. The kids were anxious to get to “Triple Falls” so they headed down the trail with the other trip sponsors while Brett and I stayed behind to get some photographs of the falls. About 20 minutes later Brett finished up his last shot and we headed down the trail. Then out of nowhere raindrops started to fall and we heard the rumblings of thunder. We radioed the others to head back to the vans immediately as a storm would soon be upon us, then turned around and headed back to the vans ourselves. We had just over half a mile to cover, most of it uphill. What started out as a few raindrops turned into a full blown rain shower with thunder, lightening and hail. In just a few short minutes we were soaking wet and our shoes were sloshing down the trail.
I felt like I should be worried about being struck by lightening and worried about the kids who were at least a mile away from the vans. But, I remembered a thought I had a few weeks ago: God’s not worried about your safety. Truthfully I was a little miffed when I first thought about God not being worried about my safety. But then again, why should He be worried about my safety? He is in control of everything. My safety doesn’t worry Him at all, He just has to speak a word and the storm will calm and danger will dissipate. So why should I worry about my safety when my Dad has super powers?
Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith! Why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!” Matthew 8:23-27