Last night was a doozy. Thunder shook the house, lightening crackled across the sky, and buckets of rain poured, as tornadoes shut down portions of I35 and caused destruction and misery.
For a few hours, Shannon and I were glued to the television watching weathermen report the terribly dangerous situation.
Then, late last night, I took out the dogs for a brief walk. As I looked up into the sky, I saw the clouds looked like white patches against a dark sky. At that moment, looking out over the front yard, I understood the latest storm had passed. Peace and calm had returned. This got me thinking.
In life, storms come and go. Some storms are almost innocuous while others are devastating.
My prayer list is filled with the names of people who are struggling with the storms of life.
Some of us are blessed enough to outlast the storms. But for some of us, in this life, the storms are still present when we take our last breath.
As a very young man, watching my mother navigate the storm of cancer, she taught me one of the most important lessons of my life.
Even though that storm took her life, she knew ultimately, she was safe because of God’s irrefutable, beautiful, all-powerful love. Her example has helped me weather my storms.
At this moment, you may be dealing with a storm. If you are, know God is here for you, wants you to trust, and understand the storms of life don’t win – God does.
This is what God says to us through Isaiah.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)
There are two guarantees in life.
First, the storms of life will always come.
Second, God is more powerful than the storm.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments of trial and tribulation, help me trust you. Guide my thoughts, words, and steps. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Last night’s storm passed, and today’s weather is predicted to be sunny and warm. Eventually, another storm will come – they always do.
The good news is, no matter if we are in storms or peace, God is here. That’s because God loves you.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.