2017-03-18 / Religion

Blessed by the storm

OLD Testament: “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, …” Jonah 1:4

NEW Testament: “But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind,…” Acts 27:14

A storm is defined as a “violent outbreak or disturbance.” This definition holds true to the storms attributed to elements of nature like thunder and lighting, high winds, voluminous rain, hail, sleet and snow. Some people who were caught in storms in biblical days were Jonah, the first disciples and the Apostle Paul.

Financial problems, crisis in physical, emotional and spiritual health; crisis in relationships — peers, parent and child, siblings and spouses — also fall under the definition of storms.

When someone is crushed to the point of sobs and stressed to the point of breaking, that person is in a storm.

But who told you that a storm is not a good thing?

Several months ago I was listening to one of the Gospel and Contemporary Christian music stations programmed on my car radio when I heard a song with lyrics that asked questions.

The songstress asked if we as humans have it all wrong when we think that only the sunshine is good but constantly complain about the rain. You don’t even have to be attentive to hear the whining about the inconveniences that we have.

What if the rainy days are the days that hold the beauty? What if our problems are just tests that help us to grow stronger as he helps us make our way through them and come out as a better person on the other side? What if the storms are there to help us to be truly appreciative of when it is not stormy?

These days there are lots of storms around. It seems like everybody is yelling and nobody is listening; everyone is running with rage and very few are being still. Today we have turmoil in our hearts and turmoil in our land because pain and sorrow seem to be increasing in frequency in our lives. We don’t love ourselves and certainly don’t like our neighbors.

Trials, tests and tribulations, they just keep on coming. Illnesses like diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease are all over us. I heard a preacher say that regardless of all we are doing to get rid of cancer, none of it will work unless we pray. Continue the research but let us pray and pray and pray.

When we’re in the storm it doesn’t feel good. Sometimes you just want to say, “I’ve had it. I just can’t take anymore.”

When we feel like this it’s good to have a little talk with God. In prayer say, “I’m feeling anything but love right now but I know you’re still with me. I have the faith that you’ll bring me through. And when I have an opportunity to reflect on the situation, I’ll see that you not only brought me through but I was actually blessed by the storm. I believe it will turn out for my good.”

Recently I heard of a family turning their storm into a love story. With the diagnosis of a stillbirth, a mother and father decided to carry their baby to full term and donate the baby’s good organs to people living with diseased organs who wouldn’t be able to survive much longer.

The 12 men whom Jesus chose as his disciples weren’t the smartest guys on the banks of the sea when they first started walking with Jesus. However, they were wise enough to call on him when they were in the mist of the storm.

Mark 4: 37-39 says, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat unto the ship, so that it was now full. And he was on the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was great calm.”

Are you smart enough to call on Jesus at the height or depth of your storm? Do you pray to keep the faith and withstand the test? Is it that during the test that Jesus loves us best? Maybe it’s time to reconsider our storms as God’s blessings, look for ways to love and help out each other and draw closer to him.

The meteorologist can predict storms, we can bear witness to storms but only Jesus can calm the storm. I am comforted to believe that our good, good father has only to say, “Peace. Be still.” And everything will be all right.

COPYRIGHT © 2017 by Sharon G. Womack

Sharon G. Womack is an author and the owner of Serenity Sharon’s Book Boutique & Photography. She is a retired teacher and administrator.

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