How I wish that could always be the case with the storms in our lives. Now I readily acknowledge that some of our life storms are like that. Some problems or trials come with all their ferocity and then are quickly gone again. Other life storms seem to be like the freight train storms that occasionally hit Tennessee. In such storms, there is a slow moving line and the storm cells just keep on rolling up that line. The tornado outbreak in 1998 was an example of that where there were tornado warnings from 7 in the morning until almost 9 that night. There was no break and the storms were unrelenting as we to repeatedly take cover from the tornados.
There are times when our storms are like that in our lives. It seems like there may be a slight break only to have yet another storm roll in before we can catch our breath and recover from the first one. It feels that way right now in our battle with Claire’s cancer. The remission we were working for may not be nearly as long as we had hoped. We have survived this first storm and already we have been told there is another storm that is coming at some point – and likely much sooner than we had hoped. But God is with us in the storm(s).
I can’t help but think of the time when Jesus and the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee and a sudden storm came up. Mark 4:35-41 describes the scene for the disciples. Jesus was sound asleep and the disciples were terrified of the wind and the waves. They woke Jesus up and he simply said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” and the wind and waves were silenced and there was complete calm. I can only imagine how stunned those disciples must have been when that happened! It certainly wasn’t what they were expecting! While they were greatly relieved that the storm was gone, they were now marveling at how “even the winds and the waves obey him!” They knew that Jesus had exceptional power even over something as powerful as a storm.
When we face the storms in our lives, we need to hear Jesus’ words to us. “Quiet! Be still!” Let’s remind ourselves that he has us and all the storms of our lives completely under his control. He made this world and everything in it and he controls it all. He made us, redeemed us in his love and he won’t let anything take us from him. So if you are enduring a storm or a series of storms, look to him who calmed the wind and the waves. He will hold you through them and some day all the storms of life will be calmed forever.