In The Arms of God

In The Arms of God

Last night (December 26), a tornado formed over a town east of Dallas and followed a northeasterly route over the small town of Farmersville, Texas where my middle daughter, her husband, and two boys had just returned from our house for their Christmas visit. Weather stations blasted the warning for everyone to take cover in the area.


While the four of them huddled together in the bathroom, their hearts pounded. The fear was evident in our daughter’s voice. We prayed, and so did they. Sirens sounded. With no electricity, the room was dark. The noise of wind and damage pierced any calm they managed. Word came that homes were destroyed along highway 78 a short distance from their house. Was there anything outside that bathroom?


The booming train-like sound of the storm stopped. The sirens were shut off. My family crawled from their hideout. In the dark, they fumbled through their house. It stood. All was okay. They were safe, sheltered in the arms of God.


We praised God.


Then, our minds went to those who hadn’t been so fortunate. Others looked around homes that no longer had four walls, cars that had been destroyed, and so far, eleven lives, lost. Many of them, too, were in the arms of God.


God is sovereign. Our walk with Christ isn’t a democracy. We don’t get a vote. In the words of Dennis, the Menace, with arms raised and Cowboy hat askew, “I came to turn myself in.” We submit to God’s will, knowing that He alone knows the end result. His plans for us are good, and not evil.


Like Joseph in the Bible, bad things may happen, but if we rest in the arms of God, good will result.


My favorite verse in the Bible is Romans 8:28.


And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.


He didn’t say, “All things would be good,” but “All things would work together for good.”

In the picture above, water poured from a stream miles from people’s homes. Only because we hiked that trail did we see it. Nevertheless, God ordained that it flow through the forest.  Beavers had dammed the river in two places, but each time, it forced its way through the barrier and broke free in another place. No one was watching but God. The river became beautiful through tragedy.

I pray for those who face terrible loss because of this tornado. I praise God for keeping my kids safe. The devil is the prince of this world. Tragedy is commonplace because of it. All Christians cry out to God during times like this, but God is dealing with me today about staying in the protection of His arms no matter the outcome.  It won’t always be good, but good will come of it, if we trust.

I will stay in His arms and trust His judgment. For now, I am thankful.

Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.


  1. I’m so glad your kids are safe. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

  2. This post made me stop and think. No matter what happens, we are safe in the arms of God. Thanks for sharing, and glad your family is okay.

  3. Such a great reminder, Janet. So thankful your family is safe, and that we can know God is in control! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Thank you, Penny. I’m so grateful & happy.

  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Thanks, Sally. That’s what hit me. What if they weren’t spared? Many weren’t, but the best place to be always is in His arms, & in His will.

  6. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    That’s the hard part, isn’t it, Cynthia; letting God be in control.

  7. Great post, Janet. I’ve been thinking about those who have lost their homes and all of their possessions in this devastating flooding and tornado weather down there in Texas. I lost my first home to a freak storm years ago, but it was long before I had accumulated the many valuable memories that so many of these people have lost.

    Still, even in the midst of our losses, your post is a wonderful reminder that God does hold us safe in His arms and all things do work together for those that love Him.

    So glad to hear your family is safe.

  8. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Thank you, Patti. Still a terrible loss you had. I’ve never gone through that, but my heart aches for ones that have.

  9. Tina Dorward says:

    So glad your dauther’s family is ok and thanks for the reminder to pray for those who lost so much

  10. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Thank you, Tina. God bless.

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