Eye of the Storm

11 May
Image courtesty of George Stojkovic

Image courtesty of George Stojkovic

The last month has been eventful for our family, to say the least. We’ve had enjoyable times together, cheering at ball games and track meets, working as a team around the farm. We’ve also had times of devastation, where an unexpected life event sweeps in like an F-5 tornado and leaves so much debris you don’t know where to begin cleanup. Sometimes it takes the tornado to make us appreciate the clear skies, as we tend to take our days for granted. The storm forces us to slow down and reflect, perhaps enlightens us to much needed changes.

I’m blessed to know the One who can calm the storm, The One who hold tomorrow.

During our difficulty, I was reminded of the poem Footprints my mom had framed and mounted our living room wall when I was a kid. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this story, a person reflects on his journey in life, represented by the beach. He’s comforted by the two sets of footprints in the sand throughout the years–his footprints and the Lord’s. At times, only one set of footprints can be seen, and he asks the Lord, “Where were you then?” The Lord answers, “Those footprints are mine. These were the times I picked you up and carried you.”

Oh, how good God is to carry us during times we can’t carry ourselves.

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Image is author’s own

This poem had me craving the sand, so I took advantage of the good weather last week and spent time with my four-year-old, playing with him in his sandbox. I buried my toes in the cool sand, thought of the poem once again, thanked God for all his goodness, and spent an hour enjoying the little blessings with my son.

~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters, both contemporary romances in a Christmas setting. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release later this year. Candice lives on a hobby farm in Indiana with her husband and three sons. For more on Candice and her books, visit her website at


Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Eye of the Storm

  1. Robin Patchen

    May 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Great thoughts, and I’m so glad your faith is strong enough that you remember in these difficult times that God is carrying you. Although I’m not dealing with an F-5 type of tragedy right now, this weekend felt like a bunch of little F-1’s blowing through my life. Thank you for the reminder–God is carrying me, too. So glad He’s got Everlasting Arms!

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  2. Pegg Thomas

    May 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

    God is good – ALL the time!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Catherine Castle

    May 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

    How fitting a blog in our tornado-filled spring weather. It’s good to remember He is always with us.

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  4. Marge Wiebe

    May 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Great post, Candice. It’s so encouraging to know that God is in control, even in the midst of the fiercest storms. And you’re right. Sometimes it takes that storm to appreciate the clear skies. I definitely needed that reminder!

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  5. Jericha Kingston

    May 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Your testimony of God’s faithfulness is so encouraging. Thanks for showcasing our gracious God in the midst of your trial!

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  6. Marti Chabot

    May 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    So poignant.


  7. Kara (@KaraHunt2015)

    May 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    What a great reminder of this great poem and how good our God is. He never lets go.



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