No Hood in the Rain

Xavier sweatshirt


I’m dropping my son off at school this morning, and he says to me, “Mommy, drop me off at the door and I’ll go in by myself. It’s raining and you don’t have a hood on your coat.” My son Xavier probably knew what he was saying in the natural, but he didn’t know what he was speaking to my spirit in the spiritual realm. Immediately the Lord showed me the hood represents his covering of us in every storm of life. When we choose to step out from under that covering, we get more than wet in the storm–we get tossed, torn, beat up and for lack of a better term, we look a hot mess. Every day, make sure you put on your hood and even carry an umbrella with you. You don’t know what storms lie ahead throughout the day. It could be a flat tire. It could be an overdraft of your bank account. But if you’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve spent time in your word, these small storms won’t shake you. Every storm has an end date. I have not been to one city where it rains 24/7. At some point, the rain stops. The sun comes out. The grass gets green where it used to be brown. The flowers bloom. Today, I pray that you are fully prepared for the storms you may encounter this day, and tomorrow, and the next day. As my son Xavier would say, make sure you have a hood and keep your umbrella nearby just in case!

Sunkissed Clouds

Recently I took a trip to Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise. (It was phenomenal by the way! If you haven’t done one, this is a life-changing experience!) On the way home, I had a layover in Baltimore. The turbulence on the first plane was a little rough, so much so that the pilot told us to keep our seatbelts fastened longer than usual. But when I got on my final plane to head home from Baltimore, when I was halfway to my destiny, and we got in the air, at some point, there was nothing but clouds surrounding the plane. The turbulence and air pockets we hit felt like a huge pothole in the air. Passengers throughout the plane began to shake from side to side. I even fastened my seatbelt tighter! Despite the turbulence though, despite the surrounding clouds, there was a brightness from the sun that was almost blinding. Isn’t it amazing how you can see the clouds and yet, still see the sun?

This thing called life will cause some ups and downs, and its fair share of spiritual turbulence. It will try to shake you, break you, make you think that you’re going to crash, that you’re going to fall hard and not get to your destiny safely and securely. But thank God for being the pilot of our lives! He orders our steps and directs our paths. All we can do is sit in the seat with our seatbelts fastened securely and wait for the landing. Even when you’re surrounded by clouds, which oftentimes signify darkness, the sun and the Son is still there! So fasten your seatbelt, read a book, get an ice cold beverage and wait for the manifestation of the thing you’ve been believing God for. I’ll see you when you land!Image

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