Storms of life are an element of real life. We can’t avoid them. They come whether we are prepared or unprepared. Storms of life can pass through quickly or linger longer than we hoped. Storms of life can disrupt or dismantle. Sometimes the storms of life we have worried will come, never do.
Storms of Life Predictions
I remember my oldest daughter’s wedding day well. Taylor and Justin planned an outside wedding with no plan B. An hour before the ceremony clear blue skies overruled the clouds and thunderstorm predictions. A gentle breeze brought cooler temperatures to a hot and humid day. The wedding was beautiful with a fairy tale feel.
We had believed God to grant us perfect weather for an outside June wedding, and He did. I was overwhelmed watching the ceremony with the reality that our preaching, living, and loving Jesus had paid off. My daughter knew Jesus. The choices she and her fiancé had made proclaimed this truth to others.
Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Their first dance was to a most unconventional song, Storm, by Lifehouse. My son-in-law’s close friend explained to the guests their reason for the song selection. He said that Taylor and Justin knew the storms of life would come. They also knew with Jesus as their foundation, they would make it through the storms of life.
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them,
I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house,
who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.
And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house,
and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
Like Taylor’s wedding day, God may wipe away some of the storms of life as you pray and believe. However other storms of life are forecasted and sure to come. I remember a sermon when my pastor said if you aren’t in a storm, you are either coming out of a storm or going into one.
When the storms of life come:
Be prepared and look to Jesus because He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. (Psalm 107:29) If the Lord does not wipe the storm away or calm it, remember that He is “a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” (Isaiah 25:4)
Read Mark 4:35-41
Are the storm clouds rolling in on your life’s radar? If so, look to Jesus. Believe Him. Trust Him. Know that He wipes storm clouds from the sky. He can calm the storms of life right in the midst of the fiercest storm. And if the storm comes and won’t relent, He is your refuge.
Take a moment to think back over past storms. Ask God to help you remember and see how His hand shielded you in your past storms of life. Remembering His past work builds our faith during the storms of life we face today.
Storms of life come. They don’t stay. Hang on dear sister. Hang on, tight to Jesus!