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Going through the storm

June 20, 2019, 9:00 AM

Last night there was a thunderstorm and it was one of those storms that got your attention with the howling winds, rolling thunder and cracks of lightning. One of those storms that is beautiful to watch only from the comfort of your own home. Instead of watching in comfort I had to drive through it. This storm was making my pickup truck sway on the highway from the gusts of wind. With the rain and wind, it made the roads almost feel too small and the drive home longer than usual. Driving was no longer a casual endeavor as it took all of my focus and energy. Then, I arrived home and was able to finely relax and enjoy the rest of the storm in comfort. That was one of those times that you arrive home and you just feel relieved and let out a sigh knowing that the worst part of the storm, being in it and traveling through it, is over and you are so happy to just be home.

This morning, after a night of storms, I woke up and looked at the sky. The sky was beautifully clear with almost a crystal shimmer to its blue color. Isn’t that just how it is after a storm, everything seems cleaner, fresher, vibrant and almost renewed. This got me to thinking about a couple of things. First, about the storms that I have experienced in my life. Secondly, how most of the time, we don’t like to admit it, but we would rather watch the storms in other people’s lives from the comfort of our own home. Sure, we will pray for them, however, rarely do we truly want to go out in the storm with them.

As I have gone through storms in my own life. I can just remember that same focus I had when I was driving through a literal storm. I did everything I could to just keep my eyes focused on Jesus. It is easy to get distracted by the storms in our lives and take our eyes off of Him. Remember, how Peter took his eyes off of Jesus in the storm because he was distracted by the wind. Learning from that example I just try to keep my eyes on the road.

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

That gaze should be fixed on Jesus. As we go through storms in life, we can make it safely through and find comfort and shelter in His arms, when we keep our eyes fixed on Him.

One other thing that I have noticed about storms in my life is the aftermath. As we are going through storms, we often get distracted by searching for the rhyme or the reason. Some, well meaning believers, or just people with a poor understanding of scripture will tell you that it is a punishment for a sin or a lack of faith that you are going through the storm. However, scripture tells us that is not necessarily the case.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, the storm is meant to do exactly the same thing that I found this morning. A more purified clean and beautiful sky. Storms bring renewal and cleansing – not always in a comfortable way, but often in a necessary way. So, that our faith can be refined and tested. Many times, God will also use the storms in our life as a testimony to someone else so that they can see Jesus in us and that is always a blessing when our storms can lead someone else to Jesus.

My second and parting thought is this. As Christians, it is not our calling to sit in the comfort of our own home and simply pray for those going through a storm. We are called to get out in the storm with our brothers and sisters in Christ. If one believer going through a storm can be a testimony, how much stronger is that testimony when another believer willingly walks through the storm with them. Isn’t this the true meaning of fellowship, sharing each other’s burdens and the true meaning of church, walking through life together.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Going through storms is never comfortable nor easy, however the feeling of renewal and the eternal reward we find in Jesus is worth every moment and even more so when we traverse the storms together as His Church! God Bless!

By Eric Simpson


06-20-2019 at 10:53 AM
Sheryl simpson
That was beautifully said and really hit home with me. The storms in our lives come in many forms. Thank you for helping to put it in perspective
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