Imagine hearing the following statements –
“My sister stopped breathing and they’re suspecting a clot in her lung.”
“My 13-year-old granddaughter dislocated her knee.”
“My 40-year-old friend had a stroke and is in the hospital.”
“My son called to say he’s moving. His marriage is over and one of the hardest things is telling his young daughter.”
And there’s more…
If one person had just one of these events happen within a given week, we’d think it was a lot for them to deal with. The truth is that all four events happened to the same person within four days.
Maybe you’ve started a week expecting to relax – minimal demands, sunshine, and quiet. The perfect time to catch up and get a few things cleared away. And then – BOOM – the perfect time becomes the perfect storm.
According to Wikipedia, the term “perfect storm” describes “a hypothetical hurricane that happens to hit a region’s most vulnerable area, resulting in the worst possible damage…”
Have you ever felt like you’ve been hit by a “perfect” storm? How do you deal with unexpected events in your life? How do you manage drama overload?
The Bible (ref: Matthew 8:23-27) tells us that Jesus got into a boat with His disciples, and fell asleep. A storm hit and His disciples panicked. When they woke Jesus up He said, “Why are you so afraid, O you of little faith?” He then commanded the wind and waves and they became calm. God’s Son was right there with them but they were afraid.
Just as the disciples let fear overtake them, we sometimes let fear overtake us. And God asks us the same questions, “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith?
When we put our faith in an all-powerful, all-knowing God – even in the middle of life’s storms – we experience an unexplainable calm. Not a false calm – but a genuine, God-filled calm. What difference would it make if, in the middle of the storms of life, we acknowledged the presence of God, focused on Him rather than the storm around us, and put our faith in Him? Is it always easy? No. Is it possible? Absolutely.
What storm are you facing? What fear is holding you? If you’ve experienced a peaceful, God-filled calm in the middle of a storm why not share it here, to encourage someone else.