Not a week goes by that I don’t talk to someone who is going through a storm in their life. In the last seven days, I have spoken to people who are experiencing the storm of losing a loved one; another about their child being involved with alcohol. Others have shared the pain of their spouse committing adultery, with divorce on the horizon. I even spoke to someone who was getting their house in order and making plans to commit suicide.
All of us are familiar with pain, hurt, and frustration. One moment, life is going great, and the next moment, a phone call, email, or a visit to the Doctor can change everything.
It’s not an accident that when we read the gospels, we read a lot about storms. The gospel of Matthew says “and suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea”. The word tempest is the Greek word, “seismos” where we get our word, “seismograph”. It actually means “a great and powerful shaking”.
On the sea of Galilee, storms would come up very unexpectedly. It would be perfectly calm one moment, and in no time, you would find yourself in the midst of a furious gale. In the gospel of Mark, in one story about storms, it says “the boat was getting filled with water”.
Have you ever felt that your boat was getting filled with water? Have you ever felt like the rain would just never stop? Some storms hit so suddenly and severely, and they keep pounding on you, that you wonder if there will ever be any relief.
You can look up in the sky and see a dark cloud forming, and you know a storm is on it’s way. Life doesn’t work that way! Most of the time, there is no warning and therefore, no preparation. You get blindsided, you get knocked down and can’t seem to get back on your feet.
If you’re in a storm right now, I want to remind you that Jesus said in Mark’s gospel “let’s go to the other side“.
You’re going to make it. There is an “other side” of the storm where things are calm and peaceful because “there is one who rules over land and sea“.
Lean on the one who calms the storm…He will carry you through!