“Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, ‘convulsions of nature,’ etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God’s love.” John Muir
Today, as we sit watching another hurricane fan across the east coast, those of us in the Midwest can only imagine what goes through the minds of those in its path. In my neck of the woods, destructive storms come in the form of tornados, straight line winds and in the winter we experience crippling blizzards. Florence will leave a path of destruction, but we cannot predict where or to what extent – only that another storm appears to be on the way and we need to be prepared.
Storms come and go like each passing day. There may be turmoil and even total loss. We can board up windows, secure our valuables, batten down the hatches, but we can not change the course of a storm. It will come with a ostentatious entrance. It will douse the land with rain and flooding. We know it will harm many and change lives forever, but we also know it will end. When the winds are quieted and the rains cease to fall, we will realize that we’ve weathered the storm – but not by our own doing.
As we face the storms of life, we can count on God’s consistency. He brings an end to our struggles, our fears our broken hearts when we trust in Him. Winds will be stilled. Rain and flooding will get sucked into the earth. There will be scars left behind, but there is always tomorrow – a new day – new start – second chance.
Jesus demonstrated His Godly power when He stilled the sea. After the storm came a great calm. This is what we can expect when we struggle through the difficulties of life. God can bring us peace in all circumstances. So hunker down. Get ready. Don’t wait for the storm to come without being prepared and then trust in God’s wisdom, intervention and protection through it all.