Ride out the storm; change focus of life

As we continue to move through the summer season we are likely to experience many thunderstorms. They will come at various times and in varying degrees of intensity. Some will be an inconvenience and just a slight interruption to our schedules while others may cause minor or even major damage to our property and to our communities. Too much rain or too much wind can cause major damage to our property or crops. The timing of a thunderstorm can also make a difference as to whether it is beneficial or destructive. But, one thing is for certain, the storms will come.

History teaches us that these storms, no matter how destructive they are, will last only so long. When they have run their course the clouds will break and the sun will return to dry up the earth. When the thunderstorm is finished the air we breathe will be fresh and new and the ground and all the living plants, as well as the wildlife, will reap its benefits. Oftentimes we will see a rainbow in the clouds to remind us of God’s promise never to flood the earth again.

We must remind ourselves that the storms life throws at us, no matter how powerful, will not last forever. Right now things may look dark and bleak, but even this storm of difficulty can and will be used by God for the greater good. The Scriptures remind us in Romans 8:28 that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. God is working out all the pieces of our lives putting together something beautiful out of it. It’s just that now we aren’t able to see the full picture. The Scriptures tell us that now we see through a glass darkly, but in time, when we see God face to face, we will have total understanding of the whys. He asks that we trust in his eternal faithfulness.

The storms of life are frequent and many. Some are much more intense and last a lot longer than others. One or two significant storms may even alter our life journey completely. Events such as the loss of a job, the break-up of a marriage, a health diagnosis or the death of a loved one are significant storms that we must weather. They are painful and gut-wrenching. They can even change our life outlook to one of hopelessness and despair if we continue to focus our attention on them. It is here, in the midst of our storm, that God asks us to change our focus. We must turn our focus from the size of our storm or problem to the size of our God! One of the Hebrew names for God is “El Shaddai” which means “the God who is more than enough!” Our God is more than enough to watch over us, lead us and protect us as we go through life’s storms. We can ride out the storms life brings us knowing that he who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)