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Are You in a Storm
by Barbara Thompson Young
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Are You in a Storm?

It was early morning, and the sky gave the promise of a nice day. I had an
out-of-town meeting to go to, and I've never liked to drive in the rain; so it was
with a sense of relief that I got on route 309 and headed north.

I was halfway to my destination when out of nowhere, it seemed, the sky
turned black. My heart began to beat fast, and I prayed the threatening
storm would dissolve into the elements.

No such reprieve. Before I could find a place to pull over, the rain came
down in torrents. I prayed for calmness in my spirit.

“Oh, God, please calm my spirit. Please help me to do this.”

It was like all of heaven opened up and dumped the contents of each
cloud on my windshield. All I could see was rain water. In that moment
of time, I felt like I was alone on the other side of the world, and no one
knew my situation. My hands gripped the steering wheel. I screamed,

“Jesus! Have mercy on me!”

Instantly, the torrents stopped. I screamed again, as I realized I was driving
in the opposite lane. I jerked the steering wheel to the right. I was amazed
that no car had been traveling south, and I shook as I adamantly said,

“Lord! As soon as I can find a place to pull over and turn around, I’m
going home!”

As sure as my name is “Barbara”, I heard the Lord say, “If you do, you will
never be able to go where I plan to take you.”

Isn’t it something, how one word from the Lord can change everything?

I knew with that one statement, I had a choice to make. I could turn
around and go back home. He would not stop me. But if I turned around
and refused to go forward, I would somehow mess up God’s plan for my life.

If I continued on, despite the trauma my soul was in, and despite the rain
that was now falling, again, I would somehow be in agreement with His will
for my life.

Thank God, He has given me an obedient heart. I chose to continue on, in
my journey. I hit a couple other downpours, but nothing like the initial one.
By the time I got to my meeting, my spirit had calmed down, and the rain
had turned into a sprinkle. I had a sense that something "big" had happened
in the spirit realm, because I had chosen to keep driving, in the natural realm.

That traumatic event last spring, has caused me to think about the many
“spiritual” storms I’ve encountered in my Christian life. Some, I saw
coming, and others caught me “off-guard” much like the natural one I just
shared with you.

Some spiritual storms have threatened to consume me. Like that day last
spring, blackness has come upon me “suddenly”, and almost suffocated me.
I’ve experienced fear, and been a prisoner of the dark. Some storms
have left me wishing for death. Death, it seemed, would be a welcome

Through the spiritual storms in my life, the many downpours of warfare against
my soul, I've learned, just as I did on route 309 heading north that day, I always have a choice to make.

I can go back. I can retreat. I can fall off the edge. I can drown in buckets of spiritual torrents of rain being dumped on my life. But if I go back, if I retreat,
I will abort my destiny with God.

I can keep traveling on. I can choose to cry out to God in the middle of the storm, “Father, have mercy on me!” I can choose to trust that He knows what He is doing in my life.

I can let him take hold of the steering wheel of my life, and lead me in the
direction of his perfect plan for me. It is only in continuing through the storm,
and not retreating, that He can fulfill his destiny for me.

Are you in a storm?

Are you paralyzed by fear? anger? hate? unforgiveness? shame?

May I encourage you to continue on, and not retreat?

You can make it through the storm. When you get to the other side,
you will be the stronger for it. You will be free.

Isn’t that what Jesus came to do...to set you free from Satan's hold
in your life?

Your faith in your God will take on a new spiritual maturity, only the storm
could bring.

Copyright 2005
Barbara Thompson-Young

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Darna Bedwell Gutter 29 Apr 2009
Patricia Bankhead 24 Sep 2007
Your faith in your God will take on a new spiritual maturity, only the storm could bring...Amen!!! Without faith it is impossible to please God. Thanks for sharing these encouraging words. God bless you...Hugs:)
Christian Coutts 23 Jul 2007
Barbara, thank you for directing me to this article. I am in a storm and I am choosing to go forward. I pray that the Lord has mercy on me and helps me through. Thank you for this blessing and your encouraging words. Keep serving. In Christ, Christian
Janice S Ramkissoon 17 Jul 2006
Barbara, "Your faith in your God will take on a new spiritual maturity, only the storm could bring." This is the line that sums it all up for me and brings into perspective what a spiritual storm does for God's children. I have gone through so many storms in my young life (maybe not so young, considering Jesus was crucified around this age) that I couldn't begin to describe but the main ones I've gone through have seen me grown spiritually and find a peace that generates an understanding beyond my years. Truly it is in the storms or through the storms that we grow. Thank you once more for the timely reminder. Janice
Teresa Flick 04 Aug 2005
Barbara, thank you for sharing that awesome story. It is so neat how God can speak to us through our circumstances. I know that sometimes it is hard to press on. This past year the Lord placed the call on my heart to go into full time ministry along side my husband and to be willing to go wherever He needs us. The challenge to say "Yes" has been amazing and many times storms have come that have caused me to want to turn back and pretend I didn't hear that call. Praise the Lord, He has given me the strenght not to turn back. You did a wonderful job with your article.. it spoke right to me. Thanks!!
Jounda LaMance 04 Aug 2005
Barbara, thank you for your obedience in writing this and sharing with us! The storms can be overwhelming - but when we put our trust in Him, there is nothing to fear from the wind and the rain! At His Feet, Jounda
Joyce Poet 04 Aug 2005
Reminds me of an incident that happened to me... very similar, but varied slightly. Oftentimes, we have to have that "walking on water" kind of faith that knows the power of His name to calm some of our own storms... especially those dangerous ones that threaten with lightning from low clouds. And sometimes, well, we just have to accept our personal "storms" as God's own tools for teaching us endurance. And you've hit home with a most well written point here... Will we keep moving forward despite the storms? I say "YES, LORD!"
David&Dee Jobes 04 Aug 2005
Thank You Barabara for sharing your Heart; your Strong Faith so beautifully.A Wonderful Encouraging anointed article. Yes, the storms do come our way.God's Grace surely stills our hearts in the midst of them.I take comfort in knowing that He is in Sovereign control of our lives. Praise God for His Amazing Grace, Love,Mercy and Faithfulness in our lives. Yes, by His Grace I will continue to hold His Holy Hand of Grace as I journey towards my Heavenly home,hopefully being a light bearer of His Love, Encouraging the Body of Christ and reaching out to the lost pointing them to The Love of Calvary! In Christ Jesus,Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Alexandria Pearl 04 Aug 2005
Wonderful words of truth and encouragement. It was so very neat to see how many people responded with similar experiences.
Mitzi Busby 03 Aug 2005
Barbara, The Father often speaks to us during the storms of our lives as we press in to Him. Our hardest lessons are learned there. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece.


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