For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. Psalms 107:25
I woke up this morning to the sound of a hard rain. Literally, a hard rain, as it was hail, too noisy to sleep and as I lay there, it eased and the hail stopped while the rain continued. I got to thinking about storms in my life; physical, emotional, and spiritual storms. They occur, period and nothing we do will stop the storms. Sometimes, I think God sends the storms. Have you ever noticed after a storm, trees have lost branches, some are blown completely over? I look and see all the destruction and damage and think about the work I have to clean up the debris. Funny thing is, eventually I actually get done hauling away the sticks and branches, finished trimming back trees that were broken, but not destroyed. After I am done, I look and realize that, as bad as it looked right after the storm, it sure looks better now. Usually even better than it did before the storm. Some of the branches had needed trimmed away or the tree had been blocking my view of something.
Well, it got me to thinking that He sends storms into our life. Some of these storms are, sadly, a normal part of life, the loss of a loved family member for instance. Other storms are sent to help us remind us to seek shelter in Him. The worst of all storms as those that through my own actions I created. I was thinking on the variety of storms I have lived through, literal, emotional and spiritual storms. As I look back and think about those experiences I realize that had I sought His shelter and protection I would have felt less fear and distress.
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when that blast of the terrible ones is a storm against the wall. Isaiah 25:4
If I had allowed him, He would have been my strength and my refuge. Instead, I stubbornly tried to face the storms without Him, making my life far more difficult and painful than necessary.
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:3
Even other storms have been sent into my life to force me to face some things that need to be cleared away. Rather than wait for Him to force me to trim trees, there are things I should have trimmed away sooner, under circumstances that would have been less chaotic.
There are times I have faced storms and I did not immediately seek God during the storm, but in the aftermath I was overwhelmed. I finally looked to Him for help. He is helping me clear away the spiritual debris, cutting back the things that were blocking my view and path to Him. Once that occurred, once I stopped being in His way for me, and gave all to him, He calmed my storm. Amazing to me that throughout the storm, all I really had to do was look to Him. But, no, I tried facing it, driving headlong into it on my own. Only to cause myself to be battered and bruised. I let stubbornness, fear, and all other sort of human emotions make the storm much worse. Thankfully, He was waiting for me and when I gave up and let Him take over, He calmed the storm in me. Now, this is not about just this one storm. He has helped me with many storms of life, even when I did not seek Him or praise Him as I should, He was still my shelter, He still calmed my storms because of Christ’s love for me. Best of all, He used the storms to bring me to the place I belonged.
And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I didn’t want the storms, I did not enjoy the storms, but looking back, He used the storms for His purpose, to teach me and make me try to become the Christian I should be for Him.
I thank God for the storms.
Thanks again for bearing with me and helping me. I am struggling to become who I should be and the process of blogging has helped me a lot. I pray it may help at least one other person. I really hope no one feels I am trying to pretend I am a better Christian and better man than I am. I’m not too great of either, but with His help I am improving.