Saturday, May 17, 2014

Storms of Life

He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.”
Psalm 107:29 NLT

My world is stormy today. Resting comfortably in my library, I own a front row seat to follow where the wind moves and shakes. Birch and cedar trees are not gently swaying, but whipping and bowing vigorously. Their branches bounce one way, then bend back the other direction. I love the drama of a storm, but not the trauma it might create.
Remember your free entertainment as you watched a wild storm on the beach? The higher the waves the more oohs and aahs the scene received from you watching safely from your motel window.
The same is true with my view today. I want to see more action, more excitement but, “Lord, please no broken branches or a power outage.”
The calm before the storm is not as memorable as the calm afterwards. Twenty minutes later, my scene has changed. Buckets of pouring rain now hang empty, our trees stand tall and still, and azure sky briefly shows between fast-moving, stratocumulus clouds.
We all encounter storms in our lives. Trials appear as a breeze while other experiences act like a Midwest tornado. Whatever the velocity of the wind or the degree of trouble we face, a calm and peaceful future is promised sooner or later. Dark clouds may hide blue sky, troubles in our lives may block our view of deliverance, but the promise remains.
Our King is still our King. Jesus promised to never forsake us. He proved His faithfulness to His Father God's will, even though His experiences during His final hours looked desperate and defeated.
Jesus understood how His last chapter on earth would end and so do we. In Victory!

                   “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever,
                          and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
                                                    Psalm 100:5 NLT

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