A storm. Rain, hail, high winds and devastating aftermath. The conditions that the storm was about to bring. As I lay in bed awaiting this storm, I thought that if I just went to sleep, I would never know the storm even occurred. However, the storm still awoke me in the middle of the night. Upon waking up this morning, the storm had settled but soon came back for more.
God began to speak to me this morning in the midst of the storm, as He has a way of doing quite often. How many times do we see a storm coming and just wish we could go into a deep sleep and miss all the chaos? Often times, we see a storm coming, we know how devastating it is going to be and want to run and hide in a quiet, dark room to escape the fear. It is in those times in our lives that God shows us just how “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). When we rest in the perfect love and restful arms of our Savior, we truly understand the chaos of the storm. No matter the storm, God knows the effects of its devastation; for the good and for the bad.
When we think of storms, we often think of the negative emotions associated with them. However, in our faith journey, the storms of life are what draw us nearer to the arms of our Savior. Without the storms, how can we hold onto His promises? Without the destruction how can we learn He is the Restorer of our soul? Isn’t it just like Jesus, to walk on water and speak through the storms to show us His ultimate love for us?
Just like Peter, we not only need to have faith that overrides our fears, but we need to walk through the storms and among the crashing waves with Jesus. It is in times of fear that our faith finds its foundation. (Matthew 14: 22-33)
Another reality that we see when storms of this life invade us is that storms, often times, do not just end with one strike of lightning. Often, storms continue to rage and sometimes die down only to reappear again just when things began to look up for us. As this occurred this morning as I lay awaiting yet another storm, I realized something. I am thankful for the reemergence of the storm. Yes, I am thankful! You see once a storm passes over and your head seems just above the water, another storm begins to form in the horizon. However, this time you look back and see the storm that just passed and your fear becomes less than your faith. For in looking forward at what is to come, you know that you pushed through the difficulties of the last storm so why not step forward with confidence in Him into the next?
When faith in God becomes greater than the faith we have in ourselves, our lives begin to transform into the life God has intended for us to have. For how can you have faith without feeling the fear? God is the only one that has the power to calm and quiet the storms of this life. No matter the magnitude of the storm, it is in direct observance of The Creator.
Psalm 107: 23-31
“Some went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the seawere hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”
Trust the calmer of the storm, for He alone can quiet the roaring waves in our heart.