Monday, April 16, 2012

The Storms of Life

The Storms of Life
Gwen Pielstick
(Devotion I used at this month's ladies meeting)

I don’t know about you, but even though storms are fascinating, they always scare me because I worry so much about tornados. Even when we lived in Texas, since it’s kind of in that “belt” they talk about, I always worried about a tornado touching down and I have been it at least one.

Life is like that sometimes. Things will go well for awhile and we feel on top of the world, then suddenly things change-a storm comes rolling in. Maybe we lose a job, or someone we love moves away or passes away…whatever we know as being secure and normal, changes. Change isn’t always a bad thing, for we grow during change. Often, when we’re on the “other side” of the change, or when it’s over, we realize why we went through it, but while we’re in the process of it, we often can’t see God’s hand, His reasoning. One statement that I’ve heard made throughout my lifetime, that sometimes has puzzled me, is “God knew this was going to happen. He put His stamp of approval on it.” Another one my husband likes to say is “Did it ever occur to you, that nothing ever occurred to God?” God isn’t surprised by what we go through-He knew it was coming, even though we didn’t. And if He “oks” it, so to speak, He has a reason. But, sadly, much like the disciples when they were in the boat with Jesus and the waves became so strong, we worry and have a tough time trusting Him fully to get us through the storm we’re facing.

In Mark 4, Jesus had been teaching the disciples throughout the day, and starting at verse 35 it says:
35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36And 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.
37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38And 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?
39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Jesus knew that this storm would come up, while they were in the boat, yet He still told them to get in and go to the other side. It’s easy for us to criticize the disciples and think they should’ve known they’d be ok. After all, they had Jesus with them, in the boat. But I would imagine that at this time, since they were still learning from Him, they didn’t always trust Him immediately, either. I’m sure that if I’d been in that boat, I probably would’ve grabbed Him and begged Him to do something too!

But just like the song, “God on the Mountain” says:

“But the God on the mountain is still God in the valley. When things go wrong, He’ll make it right. The God of the good times is still God in the bad times. The God of the day is still God in the night.” We may go through storms in our lifetime, but God wants us to fully rely on Him to take care of us, and if we never went through any storms, if our lives were always good, always the way we wanted them to be, we wouldn’t need the Lord.

I said change isn’t always bad, and it isn’t. We all need to keep growing and changing as Christians. As I told one of the Seekers girls Friday night, we have to watch how we react to certain situations, because sometimes we may be the only Bible someone else can read. They may look at us, and how we handle ourselves in certain storms of life, and if we can come out with a good, humble but trusting attitude, then we’ve set the right example for others. If on the other hand, all we do is grumble and complain and take on a “why me?” attitude, then those that are watching us, will not want what we have.

Even though we’re bound to have different storms in our lives, like the disciples in the boat, we just need to let go of our cares, and give them to Him, and trust Him to get us through.

What storms are you relying on God to handle?

God On The Mountain by Tracy Darrt

Life is easy when you're up on the mountain
And you've got peace of mind like you've never known.
But then things change and you're down in the valley.
Don't lose faith for you're never alone.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He'll make it right.
And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day is still God in the night.

You talk of faith when you're up on the mountain.
Oh but the talk comes easy when life's at its best.
But it's down in the valley of trials and temptation
That's when faith is really put to the test.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He'll make it right.
And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day is still God in the night.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He'll make it right.
And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.                                  

The God of the day is still God in the night.

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