During these past few days, my heart has been burdened not only for those who are literally facing the storm that is coming, but also those who are in the midst of storms in their lives. There is fear of the unknown on both levels. Questions are being asked: Is the water going to rise and am I going to lose everything? Or will that biopsy come back benign and everything will be ok? Some are waiting for answers that the weather will bring and other are waiting for answers that the doctor will discover. Either case, the storm is brewing, we just don’t know what the results will be.
In the case of a hurricane, there is the eye of the storm. The eye is a brief sense of peace, including mild wind, light or no rain, and sometimes sunshine. I can’t help but think of this analogy when looking at the storms that life bring us. As we go through the multiple storms of life (depression, divorce, debt, disease etc.), there is one place that I find peace: the foot of the cross. As we surrender everything to Christ, we find the eye of the storm. Jesus is the place where peace and joy will be plentiful even if the wind, rain, and floods swirl around us.
There are two verses that verbalize this truth:
“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.’
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”(Isaiah 43:1-3a)
“But this I call to mind, and therefore have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I will hope in him.’” (Lamentations 3:21-24)
These two verses remind me that God is faithful. He is the peace in the midst of the storm. Cling to Him, whether you’re facing the literal storm, the life storm, or both.