Tougher Than the TornadoThere are moments for all of us when we get hit head-on with the emotional equivalent of an F-5 tornado. Few words strike more fear into hearts in Middle America than the word "tornado," and rightly so.

Twisters can hit so suddenly and do such awful damage. That was proven when some deadly tornadoes tore through Oklahoma in 1999. One of them was so strong that it was almost classified an F-6, which would have created a whole new category of tornado. After hearing one of those tornado warnings in Oklahoma, a mother and her adult daughter went into a room in their house for safety. It's called a safe room or a strong room, and it's built with concrete that's reinforced with metal and built to withstand even a hit by a tornado. Sure enough, the tornado hit that house and there was virtually nothing left except for one room - the safe room. When it was all clear, the mother and daughter walked out unscathed in a neighborhood where virtually everything else had been blown away.

There are some of life's hits that threaten to blow away everything we've depended on as well. A divorce, a disease, a disaster, or a disappointment can do that. A death can sure send everything spinning. We know that most of what matters to us is something we can lose, and if and when we do, there is sometimes not much left but the pieces.

We need a safe room - some place in our life that can withstand any blow. In fact, we can never be really secure unless we know we have something, or actually someone, we can't lose. We've already lost enough in our life to know that our heart is hungry for one relationship that is unloseable and that no storm can take away from us.

In Romans 8:39, a relationship like that one is described. God Himself, the Creator of you, promises unequivocally that nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." In fact, just before this promise, God enumerates some of the most violent tornadoes that life can hit us with, and then He says that none of those, "anything...in all creation," can take away this one unloseable relationship.

It turns out that it's the relationship the Bible says we were created for by our Creator God. It's also the relationship the Bible says we've all missed because we have done our life our way instead of God's way; we're locked out of the safe room of belonging to God forever. That's why no love has ever been enough love and your heart has never really been at peace. God says the love of God is "in Christ Jesus our Lord," and that's because Jesus opened the way to belong to God. He tore the lock off the safe room door by dying on the cross to pay the death penalty we all deserve.

He really loves you and He's waiting to welcome you into the safe room of this awesome love relationship with God, if you'll grab Him as your Savior with all your heart. Ask anyone who has faced a major life storm with Jesus in their heart. They'll tell you that He was still there when everything else was blown away. The safe room door is open for you, and Jesus is waiting to welcome you into the love that you will never, never lose.

            

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