I went back to an old journal entry from a few months ago where I analyzed the phrase “Storms of Life”. The journal entry was from a time where things around me were in chaos, from the lack of a job, to my vehicle breaking down, to a relationship on the rocks, to me feeling alone. Imagine with me the all too familiar events in the Midwest.
The day starts off at 90 degrees outside. The sky is filled with blue except in the far north. There is this huge white cloud shooting towards space, meteorologists call them cumulonimbus clouds, I call them thunder heads. As the clouds approach closer, the sky darkens and the temperature drops 20 degrees, with a chilling wind. The once white cloud shooting to space has now become this dark gray Wall of Jericho in the sky. Anyone that has lived in the Midwest for some time knows it is probably best to take cover at this point because odds are in the favor of a tornado. Chaos is about to strike.
Now, living in the Midwest, I have been privileged (sarcasm) to see some pretty big storms, which has brought on the knowledge that with a good enough size storm there will be chaos, especially if it is a tornado. I must admit, I got curious and looked up the definition of a tornado which dictionary.com states a tornado as a “localized, violently destructive windstorm occurring over land…” I have seen tornados, via pictures, destroy one home, but the house not even 20 feet away is untouched. A localized storm!
You ever have a localized, violently destructive storm in your life. Everyone else around you is untouched by it, but your life seems to be in complete destruction. Fifty cents left to your name, with no job, children rebelling by taking drugs, spouse left you after 10-20 years of marriage, a medical report with only months to live, no place to call your home and you must sleep in your car, grades at school slipped where you are now having to take a course over again, delaying your graduation.
The interesting thing with weather related storms is you can always see them coming. The clouds change colors, the sky and sun are hidden, and wind can change direction: warning signs for you to be prepared. Most of us are not fazed by the storms. We continue to drive in the rain, walk with our umbrellas, and if we don’t have them, run as fast as we can to get back inside, we continue to go shopping in our local market, and watch television, while getting annoyed at the inconvenience of the satellite dish poor connectivity.
Storms come that we cannot ignore, and we must be prepared to ensure our safety after the storm leaves. It is not just the storms that we need to prepare for. It is also the aftermath from the storm, the cleanup. The destruction came quickly, but left days, months, or even years of clean up. Where is your foundation before the storm that is going to sustain you through the cleanup stages? Have you been in preparation to protect yourself when the storm hits?
In Deuteronomy 31, Moses is giving a speech to Israel that he can no longer lead, and he is passing the role to Joshua. In verse 6, he encourages the people of Israel saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Did you just read what I read? He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. What a promise. Has your preparation been in the One that will always be by and on your side? Are you building your life foundations on His promises? Maybe you haven’t begun building yet, or you need to rebuild after destruction. Whatever your current position, to build a foundation on God is as simple as opening up His word, the Bible, reading and putting into practice what He has spoken.
There are no false predictions in life. Storms will come, but when they do, where does your hope lay? Jesus said it best after He told the disciples that storms will be coming in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Take heart! Put your trust in Him, Jesus! Find rest and peace amidst your storm!