Thursday, January 10, 2013

Your Storm Will End

Today was a very dreary day outside. I had to drive from Little Rock to Fort Smith, in the rain and with one stop on the way, roughly a three hour trip. When I left Little Rock, it wasn't sunny outside, but it had lightened up outside and wasn't too dark. It wasn't raining either. As I traveled down the road, listening to my music and really enjoying the drive, it started to get darker. The further down the road I went, the darker it got and it began to rain. The rain itself wasn't too bad. There were only a few spots along the way where the rain was heavy and in those spots it only lasted a few minutes and then stopped. What was bad was the road spray. Driving on Interstate 40, half of the vehicles on the road were large vehicles, either buses or eighteen wheelers.  Those large vehicles can throw a lot of water on a small car and make it very difficult to see very far down the road.

As I neared the end of my trip, I really began to think about how this trip relates to life. We travel through life the same way as I was traveling down the interstate. Sometimes life is sunny and easy to enjoy. Other times in life, things get dark. Sometimes it gets really dark. And while it’s dark, we still have to travel down the road. We still have to navigate all the curves and stay in between the lines. While it’s dark, the rain falls even harder sometimes. And sometimes, like the eighteen wheelers, when we think the rain isn't so bad, something else flies by us and drowns us in even more rain.

Here is the good news, every storm has an end. No matter how dark life gets, no matter how much rain falls, no matter how soaked we get by even more water, there is hope because at some point, the storm will end. I was blessed to see the edge of the storm as I drove into Forth Smith today. As I neared the end of my journey, I drove out of the storm. It was beautiful! If you are going through a storm in life, just keep moving. Keep pressing forward and at some point you will come out of the storm. But there is more good news. Even if I had not been driving and moving down the road, the storm at some point would have passed. If the weight of your storm is so great that you can’t move and all you can do is stand still, the storm will still pass.

Mark 4:35-39 says, “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

Storms may come when God is moving us. When He is asking us to pass over unto the other side, there may be some storms that come our way. Most likely there will be more storms at those times in life when God is moving us. Just remember, if we are passing over to the other side with Jesus in the boat with us, we have all we need to navigate life’s storms with the assurance of making it through to a great calm.

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