Lamentations 3:22 (ESV)
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
I was driving home from my dad’s house one summer night as it began to pour down rain. I quickly turned on my radio to hear the weather reports for the area I was in.
It had been raining a lot this summer, and there were a few flash floods. So, I wanted to be cautious. As it turned out, there were three tornadoes around me. As if that didn’t freak me out enough, it began to storm heavily, and I couldn’t see clearly two feet in front of my car.
On a curving back road in the middle of nowhere, I began to panic.
Chaos surrounded me, and fear crushed me. The more I worried, the harder the rain fell. I tried to pull over to the side of the road, but I couldn’t even see the road anymore.
Then, I prayed, “Jesus please get me out of this mess.”
In a moment, He reminded me of when the storm hit the disciples while they were out on the sea. The boat was filling with water as the waves beat against the side. The disciples cried out, “Teacher, do you care?” Jesus responded simply with, “Peace be still!” and the wind was no more. Then He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
At this point, the disciples were on a journey to cross the sea with Jesus. Maybe God has you on a journey, and all of a sudden the storm hits and you don’t understand why God would allow something to interfere with his calling on your life.
You can not remove the storm by your own might. The one that walks you to the journey is the only one who can bring you out, but we try to walk on water before Jesus calls us out of the boat.
Know this: the storm is always the beginning of a break-through. Your storm is always an opportunity to increase your faith. Your storm is not always for your joy and happiness, but sweet daughter, it is always for your holiness.
So when the waves of life come crashing in one after another, just remember your calm sea is waiting right around the corner. The wind and waves still know the voice of your Savior.
In a moment, my eyes shifted from focusing on the storm to the peacemaker, and the rain became nothing more than a trickle. I was able to make it home safely, and I praised Him the whole way home.
Jesus always makes a way out.
When the waves of life come crashing in. When you think you are sinking. Take your eyes off the waves. Take your eyes off the ocean. Take your eyes off the storm. Your peacemaker is in the midst of your trials, waiting patiently for you to call on Him.
He is drawing you out of the storm and into a season of break-through. He is taking you on a wild adventure, child. Stay close to His side, and He will take on every storm that comes into your path.
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