Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I'll just come right out with it . . . if I didn't have the Word of God and my personal relationship with Him, I'd be lost out at sea. (and I wouldn't last long there) Through the storms of life, there is seldom anything you can do, but trust in the One who controls and calms them. We've seen the horrifying destruction in Japan this past week, and our hearts have poured out in prayer to the people who are consumed with greater pain, sorrow, and fear, than we can possibly imagine.
Storms. They often come from out of nowhere, unexpectedly, without warning. Our instinct is to grab hold of something, as the torrential waves threaten to drown us. But, it's not "something" we should grab hold of . . . but "Someone." . . . The One who holds the universe in motion. We may not understand the "whys" of life . . . but we know the One who uses ALL things for good. I'm reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:17:
"Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine."
Through the storm, God is there. You might find Him asleep in the back of the boat . . . but He's in control. He knew that the storm would come, He knew the fear that would overwhelm you . . . (He asked you to step into the boat, remember?) . . . He knows how long the storm will last, and He knows that He'll take you safely THROUGH it. It's in the storm where He will show you the importance of His presence and power in your life. He wants to show you what it's REALLY like to live by faith in Him . . . when you've grasped, even for a moment, what it's like to walk on the water . . . you'll get a glimpse of what it's like to look through His eyes. In the storm you may be blinded by the wind and rain, but through God's eyes you will see the storm in a much different Light. He'll take you above it all . . . the storms of life look much different with an aerial view! You may never understand the full purpose of the storm, you may question God's ways and try to convince Him that there is another way than through the storm, but God is God . . . He knows what He's doing. Our only responsibility is to trust Him. Don't look at the raging waves, don't look at the roaring winds approaching . . . if you do, you'll sink. In your storm, Jesus is there with you and He's reaching out to you saying:
"Why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31)
"Don't be afraid! Take Courage! I am here!" (Matthew 14:27)
(If you haven't met Debbie over at Heart Choices, I encourage you to do so. She's a wonderful christian woman that will encourage your faith! She used my quote (above) from "Be Still: Let Jesus Calm Your Storms" as she hosted "In Other Words Tuesday." You'll be inspired and encouraged through the comments on it!)
Also, if you or someone you know is
in a storm of life . . .
be sure to pick up my book,
"Be Still: Let Jesus Calm Your Storms!"
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