As I sit here amidst Winter in Minnesota, with several inches of snow on the ground and near zero temperatures, I'm quickly reminded of the presence of storms. After a big snowfall, we're generally unable to leave our driveways, unless snowplows first make a way. In the Midwest, no matter what season we're in, we experience many different storms – fires, heavy rains, tornadoes, blizzards, etc.
Inevitably, storms of other kinds come and wreak havoc on our lives. We have financial, relational and emotional storms to deal with. Many times, we even have spiritual storms that test our faith greatly. The enemy comes at us with everything he's got. And, at one time or another, we all have internal storms to deal with.
We can become buried in a foot of insecurity or depression. We can get washed away by our guilt of past mistakes. We can feel the winds of shame and failure circling toward us. Or, we might see the flames of temptation lapping at our heals. Yet God longs to remind us of who He is. He doesn't say we'll be immune to storms, but tells us who we are in the midst of them. We ARE HIS. Max Lucado puts it this way: “It's not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It's whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.”
In the telling of the disciples on the Sea of Galilee, you'll remember that Jesus was asleep when the big storm hit. Certainly, we've felt that way. We've been in the thick of it and wondered “God, would you notice me down here?” So, the frantic disciples wake the slumbering Savior. He speaks three words, “Quiet! Be still!” and chaos turns to calm. So, it is the same with our storms. God isn't sleeping, neglecting us or ignoring what's going on. He's watching and waiting for us to turn to Him. In the messy trials of life, are we focusing on the bigness of the storm, or the greatness of our God?
This is what is written in Isaiah 43: 1-2:
But now, this is what the Lord says –
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
I take great comfort in this passage of scripture. In fact, I take great comfort in all of scripture. This is Biblical weather-proofing we can put on. I know storms will come and go and some will hit harder than others. They may shake me to my very core. But, for all eternity, I will take shelter in my fortress and my refuge that is the Lord, my God. (Psalm 59:16)
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