Today, I spent much of the day in the ER . . . a sudden storm. Storms of life are nearly always surprises. They come without warning. We wake up in the morning expecting a day to be just as we scripted.
Sometimes I feel as though I’ve earned a degree in Storms 101. I had to quickly rearrange my thinking today or I could’ve drowned.
Storms of life . . . illness, divorce, unemployment, sorrow. They are inevitable but they pass. . so, we need to ask what we can learn in the eye of the storm.
No other time have we heard of so many natural disasters. Tracking the path of Hurricane Isaac, I think of the elderly, the homeless, those without power needing dialysis and life saving equipment. Despite forecasts and preparations, we still suffer the devastation.
Our lives can be leveled in the same way during difficult circumstances if we’re not prepared by knowing the One who walks over storms.
The Adonai who has power over nature.
When a storm makes landfall on our lives, what can we do? Bail or believe. Bail out of the sinking boat or believe that when God speaks Be Still over our circumstances, it can and will happen.
Commit the storm to His care.
And when we don’t, we become afraid.
That’s what happened to the disciples during a furious storm described in the gospels. After all they heard and witnessed of Jesus’ miracles, their reaction was what many of us ask in the tempest, “God, don’t you care?” I’m sure anyone that has walked this globe has asked the same question as the disciples (and I).
But then . . . He has a question for us, “Where is your faith?” Luke 8:25
Jesus rebuked the disciples in the Storm of Galilee, not for the human tendency to fear, but because they didn’t recognize His presence and power.
The disciples asked, “What kind of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” The God-man who never leaves the boat unattended . . . even when He sleeps.
If He can deliver us from hell, He can deliver us from the adversities of life.
So . . . Thursday’s storm was quite unexpected, but in the middle of the why and the fear there was also Thursday’s grace. . . . another lesson in Storms 101.
God is speaking to Job out of the whirlwind, and saying, “In the sunshine and the warmth you cannot meet me, but in the hurricane and the darkness when wave after wave has swept down and across the soul, you shall see my form and know that your redeemer lives.” Frederick W Robertson (1816-1853)
(Luke 8:22-25, Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 23-27).