We've also been watching storms of other kinds of late. Tropical storms have been threatening to develop into Hurricanes and threaten coastal areas, homes, and lives. And some years ago, in 2005 to be exact, our community also did everything possible to help those displaced in Crossett, AR from Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Yes, storms are a part of life! And there's usually not much we can do about it.
Storms of all shapes and sizes blow into our lives and we usually have no idea that they're coming. It can be a helpless situation as we deal with storms that involve…
And we often find ourselves feeling as if we are floating while clinging to life on a board or sitting on top of our home while waiting for help and rescue.
In the book of Mark we read about another terrible storm. The disciples were with Jesus on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee. When a "furious squall came up," the disciples – among them some rather seasoned fisherman – were afraid for their lives (4:37-38). Did God not care? Weren't they handpicked by Jesus and closest to Him? Weren't they obeying Jesus who told them to "go over to the other side?" (vs. 35).
Why, then, were they having to go through this storm of life?
What we learn is that no one is exempt from the storms of life. But just as the disciples who initially feared the storm later came to revere Jesus Christ more, so the storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God. "Who is this," the disciples pondered, "that even the wind and the waves obey Him!" (Vs. 41). Through our trials we can learn that no storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will (5:1).
While we may not understand why God allows trials to enter our lives, we thank Him that through them we can come to know who He is. We live to serve Him because He has preserved our lives.
So whether we are in our warm/cool, dry home, or we are floating in water watching our home float away, we are never alone and the God of the storm is with us.
So come rain or shine this Sunday, I hope to see each of you in God's House!
God bless you and I love you.