Being caught in a storm is no one’s idea of a “Happy New Year”.
And yet, it has been a reality for many this past week.
Today, I believe the Lord is bringing reassurance to those who face hardship or uncertainty.
Your Father says, “I am with you.”
In the middle of the mayhem, is a miracle!
The Song in the Storm
As 1 January 2020 clocked over, we found ourselves in a sudden storm; a painful transition within our close family.
Whilst this whirlwind of change has brought grief, we have also seen evidence of our Father’s great mercy.
It hasn’t been the New Year we expected.
But it has been one in which we have seen our Father at work—and we discover:
There is a song that you can only hear in the midst of the storm.
So, if you are also in a storm right now, this song is for you:
“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam 3:21-23)
The Bruised Heart of Australia
On a national level, here in Australia we are in the midst of a storm of unprecedented proportions—a firestorm.
Bushfires are ravaging our land.
To be Australian right now, is to have a bruised heart.
There are shadows of pain in the midst of our New Year’s celebrations and summer vacations.
No one is untouched; the devastation of fire is everywhere—in conversation, in news, in media.
The smell of smoke leaks into our homes.
It steals our breath.
And this firestorm shows no sign of abating—but, for a miracle of soaking rain.
And so we pray.
For this we know:
Our Father is neither the author of natural disasters, nor is He a remote spectator—rather, He is a God of love who is present with us in our suffering. 
Glory in the Wilderness
Today, know that whatever storm or uncertainty is touching your own life, and that of your nation, God is present with you.
And that is the beginning of miracles.
In the book of Isaiah, God brings a message of comfort to His suffering people, and a promise:
“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:4-5 NIV)
The “wilderness” is the very place that God promises to visit His people with His glory.
The desert is the picture of a dry, vulnerable, barren place, where enemies and threats seem ever-present.
Where snakes and scorpions live.
So, if you are experiencing the sting of spiritual warfare, listen for the song of the Lord, and lift up your hands.
God’s glory is coming to your wilderness.
Glory in the Storm
When God wanted to introduce Himself in all His glory to the Prophet Ezekiel, He did not take him up to Heaven, as we might suppose.
God visited him right there in Babylon, where he and his people were being held captive. (Ezek 1).
And there Ezekiel saw, coming from the distance, a great storm, drawing closer.
It was God’s Throne—His glory emanating in Heavenly brightness.
So if today, you happen to find yourself in the wilderness, or in a storm—perhaps, one you didn’t expect.
And your New Year has not brought the breakthrough you wanted.
God is present. In the eye of the storm, He is with you.
 “Mayhem” is a word meaning confusion, disorder and violence
 Is there a prophetic meaning in natural disasters?
Where is God at these times? I pondered this question here: Earthquakes, Prophecy and the Heart of God
Recommended Post: If you feel you are in a “storm” right now, this word will also be an encouragement for you: Prophetic Word: Roar Into the Storm
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