The Storms We Face

Today is a stormy, gloomy day in Fort Hood. I woke up to zero sunshine shining through my house, but instead woke up to it being completely dark. I seriously thought it was still night time until I looked at the clock and realized it was 10:00AM. It was time for me to get up, do my morning devotions, run some errands, clean the house, and do some laundry. As I walked through the house, the thundered rumbled loudly in the background, making my house shake and I realized my life sounds and feels like that sometimes. I mean,  don’t we all face storms within our personal lives from time to time?

My dog was terrified of the storm and she couldn’t stop shaking, so I decided to put her anxiety vest on. For the first time since we bought the vest for her, she sat perfectly still and welcomed the vest as if it was a big comfort to her. Instantly, she began to calm down and went on to face the storm with bravery. Watching my dog completely go from being consumed with fear to running around freely, with no cares in the world got me thinking.

I started thinking about how in my own personal and spiritual life, I face storms that shake my entire world. Sometimes the storms can get me so worried I can’t do anything but cry. Other times, the storms I face have me so scared, I forget to trust in God like we are called to do. To me, placing my dogs anxiety vest on her today symbolized how we are supposed to put God on and not only wear Him for all to see, but to take comfort in Him because we trust in His power.

When we put our trust in God, the biggest storm we’re facing will never compare to the peace that is released over our lives. When we put every worry, fear, and doubt in God’s hands, we are saying that we trust God enough to take care of every little aspect for us. God can take our trials, our valleys, and fears and work them for our good, but we have to be willing to believe in Him and trust in what God can and will do in His time.

God works in His time, not our time. When we trust in God, there will never be room for fear to take overstorm us.

Luke 8:22-23 says, “Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.” “But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.”

I’ve always found these two scriptures the most important to the whole passage because it shows me that Jesus knew the storm was coming and He wasn’t worried about it. Jesus is still the same today as He was back then. Jesus going to sleep in the ship teaches us that we don’t have to worry about what is to come or about what is right in front of us right now.

Storms will rage, but God’s power is bigger than any raging thunder. We may feel defeated, but with God we are victorious!

Luke 8:24-25 says, “And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.” “And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”

The disciples ran to Jesus because they were scared of the storm that was surrounding them. Don’t we do the same thing today? I know I do it all the time. The key to these scriptures is that Jesus woke with no complaints and He didn’t hesitate to calm the storm from raging on. The moment the disciples cried out to Jesus, He was there to listen and protect them. Today, Jesus still hears our cries and is there for us whenever we call on Him.

Call on Jesus. Believe in His power. Claim the victory over your life today!

In order to claim victory over the storms you are facing today, you have to have faith in your Savior to take care of the problem. You have to have faith that Jesus is there for you in all things and at all times. We can’t be like the disciples were, who were so lost in their fear that they forgot Jesus, the all powerful Savior was on the same ship as them! They were so close to Jesus, yet they forgot about who He was and what He was able to do. We can’t be that way today.

We have to remember that Jesus is our constant in this life. He will steady the waters when they are raging. He will uplift you when you feel like you are drowning. He will hear your cries at all times, no matter what hour of day it is. He will answer your cries if you believe in His power.

If you are facing a storm today, remember God allows those storms to arise so that we can grow stronger in Him. If you feel like you just can’t go on today, remember that God is there to lift you up and carry you through the valley you are in. If you are full of fear or doubt today, remember those feelings don’t come from the God we serve, so put your trust in God and He will send you peace to calm your thoughts.

Storms are a part of the life we live, but God is also in our lives. Let us put Him on, show Him to others, and turn our faces and hearts to Him in the midst of our storms. He is there through it all and will always be there to help us through.

 

 

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