Are you like I am? Time after time, my Papa has brought me safely through the storm. Never once has he failed to be there for me. Yet, when the next storm comes around, I find myself fearful—worried that I won’t be brought safely through, THIS time. What i need to do is train myself, when I am freshly arrived onshore after a storm, to brand God’s provision and care on my memory…for next time.




The storm is over,
And I am safe at last on the shore.
As I gaze at the sea,
Recalling the storm’s fury,
The once-fearsome waves
Lap submissively at my feet,
And I thank You for Your protection
Your sovereignty
Through the long, dark night.
I praise You
That you have brought me safely
To this new place.

But I know, Papa,
That this storm
Will not be the last.
Perhaps not the worst.
Sear the events of these hours
Deep into my memory,
Lest I forget
The ways You guided,
Through the howling fury
Of wind and wave.


Let me ever recall
Your guarding hand,
Your guiding eye.
And, as I face the future storm—
For storms will come—
May my governing thought
Be an unflinching trust
That as in the past,
You will bring me, once again,
Safely to shore.

marcia-headshot-225x300In her childhood and teen years, Marcia Gunnett Woodard immersed herself in reading, almost becoming the characters in the books she read. By her later teens, she had begun to experience the joy and fulfillment in creating a world and drawing the reader in through the use of words. She went on to study English and writing at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting. Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and shared with groups as near as local school and university groups and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (husband, children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).

In her own words: “I believe the power of story is one of the strongest forces in the world. Did you know the words parable (a story) and parabola (a geometric arc) have the same origin? I want to use the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into barricaded minds and hearts. The upcoming generations are people of story. If I’m going to reach them to become people of The Story, it will most often be through storytelling.”
Connect with Marcia online:
Twitter: @MarGunWoo