As I write this article another terrible hurricane has struck our nation’s coast and remnants of the storm are approaching southern Arkansas. Storms happen as our weather changes seasons.
Storms also happen in life. It may be the fearful words from a doctor concerning a diagnosis, marital unhappiness expressed by a spouse, getting the ‘pink-slip’ at work, family issues that rear its ugly head, or one of the hundreds of problems each one of us can face in life. What do we do when we the storms of life hit? We must cling even closer to our Lord.
Sometimes Jesus calms the storms. The diagnosis turns out to be wrong. The marriage improves. A new job suddenly pops us. The wayward child returns home. Yes, sometimes Jesus takes away the storm like He did on the Sea of Galilee.
Luke 8:22-25 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Then, there are other times the storms don’t lift. The problem doesn’t go away. The situation persists. It’s in those times Jesus calms His child, like when Jesus took care of his mother’s storm by passing responsibility of caring for her to John.
John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
No matter what may happen to us during the storms of life we must maintain our faith in the Lord who will always take care of us.