I think it’s safe to say that we have all been through a storm or two in our lives. Storms that tried to break us and steal our faith. Over the last year or so I have been getting a recurrence of hearing different people talking about the storm that Jesus and the disciples went through(see Matt 8:23-26). Which led me to the question, what is the storm trying to keep us from?
I mean think about it, had Jesus and the disciples not made it through the storm, the Bible would be so different. Just think of things He did immediately after the storm that would be different. For example:
• The man with the unclean spirits wouldn’t have been delivered.
• The woman with the issue of blood may have never been healed from that issue.
• Jairus’s daughter may not have been raised from the dead.
So what have the storms in our lives tried to keep us from?
I think it’s safe to say the storm has or is trying to keep us from some amazing things. I remember quite vividly like it was yesterday, a health storm that my grandmother faced that tried to claim her life. But God! God showed up in the storm and saved her life. And because of that many people’s lives have been changed including my own. After that storm, there have been so many prayers she got to pray for people, so many encouraging words she has given and so many home-cooked meals she cooked with love that changed the lives of hundreds of people. Had she not come through that storm so many years ago, myself and so many others wouldn’t be the men and women of God we are today.
Every storm may not be as drastic as trying to physically claim our lives, but it’s still a storm nonetheless. Maybe it’s a relationship storm, a storm-related to your children or a financial storm. Whatever the storm may be, don’t allow it to paralyze you and keep you from getting to the other side. You getting to the other side of the storm can mean all the difference for you and others. I’ve learned that often the storms we go through allows us the ability to help others who may go through the same or similar storms in the future. So how do you get through the storm?
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Coming Out on the Other Side of the Storm
One way that I have learned to get to the other side of a storm is praise. The storm came to bring darkness, but praise brings to light. No matter how dark a room is if you turn on even a small light, that’s what you’ll focus on.
So let me encourage you if you are going through a storm begin to praise God. Bring in the light and keep your focus on it, and allow it to drive away the darkness. As the word says “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Ps 30:5b).
The storm isn’t stronger than you and of course, it’s not stronger than God! So stay the course, keep a praise on your lips and get ready to experience your extraordinary life after the storm.
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