Ecclesiastes 3 v 1 tells us that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Have you ever found yourself stuck in one of life’s storms, no matter what you do, how you try, it seems that you cannot make any headway? Life seems good and then…..”Suddenly”…… out of nowhere comes a storm that threatens to drawn your hopes. Storms of life usually come on rather unexpectedly; they take us by surprise, and fill our hearts with fear and test our own faith.
Life can be tempestuous, tossing us with winds of misfortune, grief, shame, or stress. Although we embrace the good times, we also experience hardship, loss, suffering and things that are difficult to understand. It is easy to recognize God in good seasons, when everything is clear and there is sunshine, but in stormy seasons, it is very hard to recognize Him, even His disciples thought He was a ghost (Matthew 14 v 26)
I talk a lot to people who are going through storms or who have survived storms. The reason being I can relate to what they are going through or what they have survived. I find it hard though, to relate to people who know nothing about the storms of life. It is not like I am jealous of them or anything, but they just don’t minister to me. And surely, it is also not about misery loving company, but it is about what Jesus said to Simon Peter in the last part of verse 32 in Luke 22.
If we live long enough, we will soon realize that life does not spare its rod on any of us. Storms are an inevitable part of life. Some of the life storms that we find ourselves in were birthed through the womb of our own decisions or disobedience like Jonah. In the book of Jonah 1, we see Jonah facing the storm of his own creation.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of storms created by others. Apostle Paul in Acts 27, found himself in the storm he was dragged into by others. He was a prisoner who had tried to warm them, but they wouldn’t listen, so he was dragged into the storm. Sometimes we face storms that are not of our own doing.
In the book of Matthew 14 v 22 -24, we find the disciples of Jesus trapped in the grip of a fierce storm. The disciples were commanded by the Lord to cross the Sea of Galilee. They were in the will of the Lord and yet, they found themselves struggling against the storm.
What do we do when we find ourselves stuck in the storms of life? When the disciples of Jesus found themselves stuck in a life-threatening storm, they ran to Jesus (Mark 4 v 35 – 41), and Jesus rebuked the wind and say to the sea, “Peace be still.” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. When a storm hits, God can do one of two things: calm the storm, or calm you and me in the midst of storm. We find courage to stand strong when the waves crash in; when we know that He is in charge. When storms of life come, and they assuredly will, it is good to remember the words of Jesus; “Peace, be still!” Then claim His peace. His peace may not always come instantly, like it happened in Galilee, but when we allow Him to bear our burdens, peace comes in small reminders of His love and care, giving us hope and strength to get through the storm.
No one is exempt from the storms of life, but storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God. “Who is this, even the wind and the waves obey Him?” Mark 4 v 41. No storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will. God has promised us a future filled with hope, and storms of life cannot change that.