Some storms physically attack and hit our lives in the forms of the geological giants and meteorological monsters – earthquakes, mudslides, avalanches, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, ice and snow storms, and fire storms. Even if we have warning of their arrival, we have little to no power to stop the devastation they may cause us, our loved ones, and our belongings.
Some storms are the terrible and terrifying tempests that come and attack our health, the life of a loved one, our plans and intentions for the present, and our hopes for the future. These storms often hit with little or no warning. They come at us as part of the hard reality that we are living in a frail, flawed and finite world.
Some storms that we get caught in come at us as consequences of our own unwise or immoral choices in behavior, in words, and in relationships. These storms may come subtly at first but soon grow in force and ferocity, taking us down in ugly and destructive ways. They come because we refused to heed the warning signs and remove ourselves from the danger zones.
Some storms are “headwinds” only. These storms wreak havoc with our emotions and our perspectives, but are actually formed (and kept stirred-up) by our own self-focused pride and sense of entitlement rather than by anything of substance attacking us. It’s more likely that someone or something rained on our parade, and we refuse to let it go and get over ourselves.
Whatever the cause of the storm or the circumstance that puts us in it or the mind-set that keeps us in it, we can be sure that God is with us! As we truly seek our Lord’s help, we can be sure that the power of the storm is no match for the power of our God, His unfailing love and His wonderful actions in our lives.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. – Psalm 107:28-31
Since the storms are still going to come at us – or come because of us – we need to run into our Lord’s storm-stilling, compassionate, and forgiving arms. We need to fully turn to our Lord and trust in our God’s unfailing love that is present with us even when we are in one of life’s most crushing storms. By God’s unfailing love, the most dangerous of storms are stilled to a whisper. By God’s constant presence and wonderful deeds in our lives, the most frightening and destructive forces formed by life’s storms cannot overtake us!
In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world! – John 16:33