HOW TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE
How do you handle the storms of life? I ask this question because lately, Central Florida has received its fair share of afternoon thunder storms. The climate in Central Florida is described as subtropical. Without getting too technical, we have a rainy season beginning around May and ending in October. The daily thunder storms are a distraction, a hindrance to daily activities, and certainly something to be aware of due to the danger they may present. Florida is the lightning capital of the world!
As I write these words, the rumbling of thunder is increasing while the sky is darkening. In preparation, I step away from my desk to cover the porch furniture and shut the garage door. I want to protect the cushions on the porch furniture, so I cover the furniture. I want to keep the garage dry, so I shut the garage door to keep the rain out.
In some cases, if the weather seems too erratic or wind gusts are too strong, I’ll move the potted plants indoor and close the plantation shutters.
The Storms of Life
Thunderstorms are unpredictable but so are the storms of life. When a storm hits, we experience heavy rains and flooding, tumultuous winds, deadly lightning, and possibly hail. Storms of this magnitude create dangerous conditions, which is why we receive weather alerts – emergency broadcasts warning us of the approaching storms. Upon hearing the broadcasts, we prepare and take cover, protecting our families and our properties from the unpredictable weather.
So why is it when storms of life hit, we may find ourselves unprepared?
Preparing for Life’s Storms
We are fortunate to have the benefit of organizations such as the National Weather Service Organization (NWSO) to provide information about the impending weather. But, when life’s storms hit, they are unpredictable and can happen at any moment. Life’s unexpected storms catch us unaware. We do not have the luxury of the NWSO to broadcast the unexpected. The storm hits us unexpectedly and can bring about severe damage or hardship to our life.
I know this firsthand. Over the years, I’ve experienced some rather turbulent storms in my life. Although I rode out the storms (God is good), I wasn’t prepared for the whirlwind of pain and hurt in the aftermath.
Storms of life can be life changing. One event can change the direction of our journey in an instant. So, how do we prepare for these turbulent events? We build a foundation on God’s word. How do we sustain life’s storms? We turn to God for protection.
“So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God brought them out safe from their desperate circumstances. God quieted the storm to a whisper; the sea’s waves were hushed. So they rejoiced because the waves had calmed down; then God led them to the harbor they were hoping for. Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all people.” Psalm 107:28-31 (CEB)
When we draw close to God, when we meditate on His word, His promises, it takes our focus off the turmoil, the pain, and the hurt. His word provides peace and comfort. We must remain steadfast on His word.
Steadfast on His Word
Steadfast is to be unwavering, to remain constant. When we are grounded in God’s word, we remain stable when the storms of life hit. It doesn’t mean the pain is removed or the hurt is gone. It does mean we have hope for the future.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 (ESV)
Remaining steadfast on God’s word gives us the strength to endure. The confidence that this too shall pass regardless of our circumstances. The pain may persist, or the hurt lingers but His word will offer the encouragement and hope to persevere.
“This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],” Hebrews 6:19 (AMP)
I love these words, this hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Our hope is the anchor of our soul. God’s love will hold us and cover us in trying times. We will experience adversity but nothing is too big for our God. He is our anchor. So I ask, how do you weather the storms of life? Who do you tether your anchor to in times of trouble?