My dog was listless last night. She weighs in at almost 100 pounds and anytime there is lightning and thunder she’s a wreck. She whines, scratches on our door or better yet on the side of my bed. It’s hard to share a bed with her because she’s already so big, but I usually invite her up when she is so frightened. My bed literally shakes because she is shaking so much and she can’t seem to get close enough to me in the midst of these storms.
We all go through storms.
Some are the ordinary thunderstorms. Others might seem more like an electrical storm. Sometimes we grasp to hold on through what seems like a tornado or hurricane.
Today we have political storms, educational storms, and religious storms to name a few.
The storms cause chaos, unbelief and confusion in many.
A young couple recently lost their 11-month-old little girl. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease and within 24 hours was gone.
I have an uncle who not only has leukemia, but diabetes and its devastating effects, and kidneys that no longer work. That is a tsunami! He’s been hit in every direction.
It not only affects him, but the family that he loves as well. They walk and try to stay upright through this tsunami as well.
The Bible is full of storms.
Job went through a devastating storm in his life. In one day he lost every single one of his ten children. In that same day fire consumed his 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels and his servants.
In Job 40:6 we see “then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.”
So in this horrific storm in his life…God reached down from heaven and spoke.
Psalm 107:29 says
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
Storms in our lives like to scream their devastation, but God is able to hush those thoughts and bring peace in the midst.
The couple that lost their little girl… They are quietly and faithfully walking forward. They are trusting and they believe wholeheartedly that this is not the end. God is seeing them through this horrific storm and believe it or not they are encouraging others to trust in the midst of dark situations.
We see Peter in the midst of a storm in Matthew 14.
Jesus is walking on the water and the waves are crashing to and fro. Peter sees him and says “Lord, IF it’s you tell me to come to you on the water.” Mt. 14:28
Jesus tells him to come. Jesus doesn’t calm the storm for Peter. He just tells him to “come”. The waves are still crashing and the storm is still churning.
We too can come.
We can come at anytime to Him who is able to calm the seas.
I am not “science” oriented. That was my least favorite subject to teach. I’m a history kind of girl. I love history. I love to read about things and visit places of old.
But, I’m going to throw a little “science” in here.
I’ve read that the “eye of the storm” is the calm region at the center of the storm.
I’m not going to go into how all of this happens, but I believe in the midst of the storms you and I face today or tomorrow…there is a calm place we can go to.
We can center ourselves on Him,
His Word, and His promises.
Like Peter, if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus He will help us to walk above the circumstances that we are facing.
Last nights thunderstorm is over. My dog is catching up on lost sleep from last night.
I don’t know what storms you have faced or will face. I know we all will face them.
My encouragement to you is to hunker down
And center yourself right in the middle of God’s Word.
Let Him wrap His arms around you and send you comfort. Let Him tell you how much He loves you and is able to get you through this.
Let Him be your
“Refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”