Oh boy . . .
You can see them on the horizon . . .
Those tell tale signs that a storm is brewing . . .
Before you know it, you will be standing smack dab in the middle of it’s rage.
You feel surrounded.
You may feel overwhelmed.
You may feel like you can’t move for fear of being struck down, or blown away.
Perhaps you may even begin to question “Why, Lord, why? Why am I caught out here in this mess? Where are You?!”
You try to get away but it appears to follow you.
Me? I’m strange . . . I’ve always enjoyed storms (weather storms, that is). I love the freshness in the air afterward. I love the calm stillness that seems to take over after the storm has passed. And during it? Oh, I absolutely love the rolling thunder, the awesome displays of the lightning across the sky. Sometimes I feel like the Lord is giving a private showing just for me to enjoy.
But . . . the storms of life? Not so much.
In fact, I find myself in the middle of one of those raging storms of life right now, and I hear myself crying out, “Lord, I need some calm!”
There is a difficult situation that we’re dealing with (my hubby and I) and it is through no fault of our own whatsoever.
We’ve tried to get the situation rectified, but to no avail.
It is a storm that so far has lasted several days, with really no relief in sight until perhaps Monday (another 2+ days away).
We are trying to remain calm.
We ARE trusting in the Lord for His provision, and His justice to be provided.
At the same time, we are truly having to be humble, walk in forgiveness, praying for those ‘in charge’ of the situation – trying not to allow anger to rise up. I am not an angry person; however, I do admit, it has been a huge battle, this afternoon, trying to keep that ugly emotion down! It wants to rise up so badly . . . wants to do some ‘raging’ of its own, but it wouldn’t do any good anyway. Only God – His love – being a witness of His grace through this storm – can draw others to Him. That is what is really important. Not our comfort. Not the ‘demanding of our rights.’
What message do you wish to convey to others in the storms of your life?
Others watch and see the clouds billowing, the lightning flashing/striking, they hear the thunder roaring. Do they also see you remaining steadfast, secure, full of God’s loving grace, hope, joy, mercy, compassion in the middle of it? Or are they observing scattered pieces of what used to be your life here and there, like a tornado had ripped you completely apart?
I’m not saying you can’t ‘feel’ the frustrations of the storm. Nor can you ignore the other ravaging emotions that pop up with it. But you CAN choose how you handle those feelings, those emotions. You can choose to take shelter in the Rock – rest under the shadow of His wings – knowing that He has you covered. He has you protected. He IS your consistency in the middle of chaos. Or you can choose to get lost in the storm – only death and destruction await one there . . .
Cry out to Him, with all your heart, “Lord, I need some calm!” and He WILL answer you. He WILL see you through. Rest in Him and Trust in Him!
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