“Strong storms are over the western half of Jefferson County. They show signs of the potential for damaging winds. They also have deadly lightning and torrential rains. Much of the Birmingham Metro up into extreme southern Blount County will be affected. Be in safe shelter as these strong storms approach.” ABC 33/40 Weather Blog

Alabama has been under a drought for at least a year. Recently the Lord brought flooding rains to the South. Bad for some but good for most. Today, as I hear the distant thunder rumble in the distance I am giddy! Did I mention I love thunder, lightning and pretty much all severe weather? (I mean no disrespect to anyone who family has suffered loss by a tornado or hurricane.)

The power of storms wakes me up to the power of God. They stir my soul and snap me out of my complacency. Suddenly, I remember I am an alien here and this is not my home. I think of the the last storm that will come and a coming King. No matter what happens, I am in safe shelter as this strong storm approaches!

Riding His white horse, His eyes are fire, a sharp sword in His mouth and on his robe and on his thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS! The best ending to the best story ever told! At least for believers. Oh God, that unbelievers would hear you and see your storms as merciful warnings!!

I digress.

So a drought in my life it seems is ending as well. I am writing music again and have two songlings that are just peaking their heads through the soil of God’s marvelous love. Ahhhh! That was completely cheesy! I am starting to sound like Beth Moore!!

Anyway, I see some fruit and it gives me joy that the long winter is over. Praise Him!

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From Jason Upton’s blog:

“Tonight Samuel and I read the story of ‘Jacob and Esau making peace’. The verse that stuck out to me the most tonight is Genesis 33:10, where Jacob says to Esau “And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God.”

Jacob was preparing to meet a very angry and bitter Esau, but instead was received with Love and forgiveness. I believe one of the practical ways God reveals himself to us is by countering our expectations with the “last thing we expect.”

Expectations are one of the ways we feel in control of what is going on around us, but also one of the great blinders over our eyes from seeing God. Sometimes it is a fearful experience when things don’t turn out the way we plan. Other times (like with Jacob) it is a great relief when things don’t turn out the way we plan.

Either way, these are often the moments in life that we see the face of God most clearly.”

Another Entry:

(john 14:6) “Christ claimed to be the way, the Truth, and the life. For this reason, he could never be satisfied with adherents who accepted his teaching- especially with those who in their lives ignored it…His whole life on earth from beginning to end was destined to have followers and to make admirers impossible.” -soren kierkegaard

Jesus- help us follow you and not just admire you. Admiring you requires little attention to you, and almost no personal sacrifice. Following you requires my total attention and my whole life. Also, I want to follow you more than I believe in you. Believing you has not made me follow you as much as following you has made me believe you and trust you.

Jason.
One of the most anointed musicians: www.jasonupton.net