As a child I heard stories of terrible storms; of hurricanes that tore people’s lives apart.
And I was fascinated.
What would it be like, I wondered, to experience one.
As a child however, I was doomed to disappointment.
Unfortunately, as an adult I am now the unwilling veteran of two major hurricanes, three years apart.
Category 2 Hurricane Gonzalo (2014) was an unforgettable experience. I was torn between excitement at finally experiencing my first major storm, and wondering whether I would spend all night bailing water. It was not fun, especially the aftermath.
Have you ever had that experience? Where something you looked forward to, and expected to be fun, turned out to be a giant problem after all?
If that wasn’t enough, I went through Category 5+ Hurricane Irma (2017).
Now if there was ever a fearful situation, it was Irma.
I had never heard such sounds before; it was like a wounded beast intent on getting indoors.
I had to constantly remind myself of Isaiah 43:2 (NIV), “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”
Over and over, I reassured my young, frightened daughter (and myself) that God was still large and in charge, even in the midst of the hurricane.
So it should be with us when we face the storms of life.
Everything around us may threaten to buckle, but we can plant our feet firmly on God’s promises. Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) reminds us that, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
While I firmly believed that God would keep us safe even while the furniture shook, the windows rattled and the water rose past our ankles, He certainly did not stop the tempest. And the resulting aftermath was both draining and devastating.
Friends, in this life trials are inevitable and while we must pray and keep the faith, we should know that God won’t always take us around them. There may be lessons that are necessary for us and would require us to go through them to learn.
While none of us may willingly sign up for trials, we must remember that, “God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Whatever storm you may be encountering today, I urge you to call on Jesus. He is able to see you through.