The thunder shook the house in its intensity. Five seconds later, jagged spears of lightening pierced the night sky, streaking down towards earth with clawlike fingers, searching for a target. An enormous CRACK filled our ears, and the next second, a heavy ozone odor permeated the warm summer air filtering in through my bedroom window. Jumping in shock, we all screamed as the next roll of thunder seemed as if it would crush us flat in its severity. Whimpering, my children, who were already shivering in bed beside me, burrowed even deeper under the blankets, attempting to hide from the storm.
Storms come in many different forms in our daily lives. Just as the above described thunderstorm raged and threatened destruction, sometimes life’s storms seem as if they will consume us, and all that we hold dear. Their magnitudes often times seem immeasurable, while we are enduring them. The storm can appear in elements that are coming against you in sickness, a storm of financial difficulties, family problems, a broken relationship, a job related problem that is causing you stress. Whatever appearance the storm takes, it is definitely difficult to weather alone.
However, if you have Christ as your personal Savior, it is not something that you have to face in isolation. You have the power and the presence of the One who can calm life’s storms in your life.
In Matthew Chapter 8, verses 23-27, we see Jesus and His disciples in a boat in the midst of a storm. Jesus was sleeping, when His disciples came to Him saying, “Lord save us! We are perishing!” However, Jesus said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Therefore, the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Many times, we may feel completely overwhelmed by the turmoil that we are enduring, most especially when it seems our demise is imminent. We oftentimes even forget the Master until we are about to be swept overboard, and then we run to Him, fearful, calling for Him to save us before we perish. Faith in the midst of great trials and troubles is often hard to grasp when we feel as if we are about to be swept over the edge.
However, faith in Christ in the midst of trouble is enough to calm the storms. Having faith in the Master means not allowing life’s tempests to sweep us off our feet. When we are facing a potentially disturbing situation, or a “squall” in our life, instead of feeling anxiety and fear, we should be peaceful. We need not be amazed that He can calm the storms, but rather be full of faith that He will keep us safe in the midst of them. Take courage. Do not be afraid. He is able. Simply believe, have faith, and do not doubt that the One who is able to walk on raging waves, and rebuke the wind, can also calm the storms of your life.