Echoes from the Campfire

It is quiet, but I like the stillness.”
–Louis L’Amour  (Rustler Roundup)

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
–Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
Sorry, this is later than usual.  I was up at 5:00, ready to write, but the computer wouldn’t work.  Something to do with the internet system at the house.  This highly technological man didn’t know how to repair it.  Now, I do know how to fix it–a hammer.
Harvey is on the way!  At least that is what the media and weather bureau is saying.  It could be quite a storm, especially in the area of rain.  Those in flood areas, watch out!
Now in my age, this ol’ fence post has weathered some storms.  Why, I get up in the morning and those days I look in the mirror, and I say my mercy, what has happened to that once beautiful face?  Storms!  I’ve seen a few:  hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, thunderstorms, hailstorms; I’ve been through them all in my life.  If you’re unprepared, they can bring havoc; even when folk are prepared there can be disastrous results.
I was out this morning, doing my morning walk, and it was nice.  Very quiet, a nice cool breeze, a person would never know that Harvey is on the horizon.  But after the storm, what then?  If it is bad, do you pick up an move, lie down and quit, or get it back together and go on with life?  
Let me tell you one thing though.  There are worse storms out there than Harvey.  Those are the storms that wreck havoc with your soul.  The storms that come your way in the realm of the spirit.  Sorrow, depression, despair, pain, and hardship may accompany the storms of life.  Do you lay down and quit?
As believers we can rest secure in the Lord.  He knows the storms.  He chided His disciples one time when a storm arose on the sea and He was asleep.  Why worry about the storm when He is there with you?

“And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.”
–Isaiah 4:6 (NKJV)

After the storm there can be a time of refreshing.  I remember in the spring the crocus, daffodils, and tulips peeking up through the snows that ravaged the winter.  How about that wonderful fragrance and refreshing after a thunderstorm?  After the spiritual storms, the may be some debris that will need to be cleaned up, but the Lord will lead you beside the still waters.
Book News:  Several have asked when the Elias Butler sequel will be out.  I had hoped for a September publishing date, but it looks more like November.  Don’t worry, that would be a good time to purchase Mal de Ojo (Evil Eye) for Christmas.  I’ll keep you informed when it is published.  Elias is sent to check out a town on the Rio Grande–the town is Mal de Ojo.