The Storms of Life

I have been watching Fox News on and off all day reporting on the storms tearing across states from the Gulf Coast to Great Lakes. Over 74 storms have been reported.  Powerful tornadoes have ripped roofs off of houses.  Downed trees. Damaged businesses.  Destroyed schools.  The town of “Maryville(Indiana) is completely gone,” said Clark County Sheriff Department Maj. Chuck Adams.  Wiped away by the fierce winds. Henryville, Indiana, suffered extensive damage. 

I just read of a 20 month of baby girl separated from her parents.  Unfortunately,at least 28 lives have been taken.  No doubt, additional reports will detail more havoc inflicted by the storms.  To see the pictures of the damage is just incredible.  To see it first hand and up close as I did last year in Cullman, Alabama, is absolutely mind-boggling.

I can’t help but think how the storms are a metaphor for life. Life is fragile.  Man is frail.  Our mighty efforts are feeble.  Compared to the power of the storm.  Compared to the Master who controls it. It reminds me of another storm.  A long time long.  On the sea of Galilee.  Dr. Luke records it.

Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out.  But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”  And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”   (Luke 8:22-25).

The storms of life test the strength of my faith.  The depth of my dedication.  The seriousness of my commitment. The measure of my maturity.  The essence of my attitude.  The content of my character.

This is true of actual storms.  It is true of the problems, challenges, and troubles we face in life.  And we will face them. We all do.  All kinds of storms.  Financial storms.  Relationship storms. Physical storms.  Spiritual storms.  Storms of sickness, sorrow and death.  Storms when sin invades our hearts, and homes.  These storms are not pleasant.  They inflict pain. Cause heartache.  And leave emotional damage in their wake.

So, what are we to do when the storms of life beat upon us?  Do what the disciples did.  Go to the Master.  Seek his help. Plead for his mercy. 

There may be times when we are afraid, like the apostles were.  We may feel frantic.  Our faith may even falter a bit.  But one thing I know for sure is this.  Jesus provides calm in the midst of the storm. He who quieted the winds and waves, can calm the restless spirt.  He can heal the aching heart.  He can soothe the troubled soul. 

The apostle Peter was on that little boat. He felt the spray of the sea in his face.  He braced himself against the fierce winds.  He experienced the feeling of fear. Anxiety. Worry.  But he heard the Master’s assuring voice. He saw the Lord’s decisive action.  And he knew the Savior’s concern.  For them. Their welfare. And their faith.  So, he would write many years later, “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

As people recover from the damage done by these storms, may they find help and hope both from the Lord and His people.  And as we all face the various storms of life that suddenly swoop down and interrupt our routines, let us remain faithful.  Resolute.  And prayerful.  He is not asleep.  He sees. He hears. He knows.  And He cares.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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8 responses to “The Storms of Life

  1. Ruth Bryan

    Wonderful words Ken and so true!

  2. Nancy Cloud

    I just posted these words below on FB recently. Thanks Ken for the reassurance…
    I am in a place in my life and in my heart right now that demands of me to hold strong onto my faith in God. This is a place that I normally struggle with, my faith in Gods plan for me. But our great God has given me a peace deep down in my heart for the past few weeks. This peace has allowed me to breathe and to let Him carry my burdens. What a relief. Praises to Him.
    Nancy Jordan Cloud

  3. Suzanne Roberts

    Enjoyed the post. This is one of my favorite stories of Jesus’ life. I try to remind myself often that as a child of God, I have that same Jesus–just as real, just as powerful, and just as willing to help–in my “boat” of life. It is easy to forget because he is not here physically, but may he increase our faith to truly understand this.

  4. Lonnie Cruse

    I’m afraid the little girl you mentioned passed away. Apparently her parents did too, due to the storm. It’s been really bad/scary here so your post today is very timely for us in the south/mid-west.

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