Last night I was watching and listening to reports of storms, tornadoes, flooding and large hail in a variety of locations across the country and, later, listening to the storm blow through here at home. It always leaves me with a feeling that tends to be hard to describe.
On one hand, we all know such storms can be devastating, even deadly. We pray for the safety and welfare of those in the path of the storms.
On the other hand, there's something quite calming - yet exhilarating at the same time - about a spring storm. I love to hear the wind and rain and thunder and to see the skies explode with flashes of lightning.
I think we can look at storms from another perspective; from place of our personal lives.
We all face storms in our lives at one time or another. Personal relationship issues, financial issues, employment issues, and health issues (ours and those of the folks we love) can all appear as storms raging in our lives. Sad to say but, unlike some of today's more popular preachers, I believe such storms are common to man. The difference is how we handle them.
In the Bible we read that one night Jesus was asleep in the front end of a boat on a sea that was thrashing and crashing and blowing with the winds and waves of a mighty storm. The disciples were scared half to death, and they woke the Lord. They ask him how he could sleep during such a storm as this. And they berated him, asking if he even cared that they were, apparently, perishing.
Jesus commented about their lack of faith and then told the storm to be still; to be at peace. And the Bible says that immediately - and that's pretty quick -- the storm ceased.
We will all face storms, emotional and spiritual and physical storms, but we must have faith that our creator will escort us to the safety of a quiet harbor and a calm shore. Once there we can assess the damage and seek ways to repair that which can be repaired and walk away from that beyond repair.
That's what life is about for many; facing the storms with the help of a savior who loves us and coming out safe - though we may be battered and in need of some "fixing" -- on the other side.
So to each of you who face these storms I say ...
Peace ... Be still.