Stormy Weather

Did you know the lifecycle of a thunderstorm — from first cloud formation to storm dissipation — can be as little as only 30 minutes?! And:

  • Thunderstorms occur in all 50 states in America. (No one is exempt.)
  • They can occur at any time, day or night, throughout the entire year. (It is always storm season.)
  • Approximately 1800 thunderstorms are in progress at any given moment around the world and lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second. (SO many people impacted by thunderstorms around the world while here we may sit, basking in sunshine.)
  • Any person who is outside during a thunderstorm is at risk for being struck by lightning. (Storms present real danger: everyone should seek shelter immediately in a storm).

In sum: Thunderstorms can form quickly, can cause harm, and nearly everyone at some point will experience one.

Just like thunderstorms, oh, how quickly the storms of life can sneak upon us, toss us from side to side, and cause us to fear and doubt: a health crisis, job loss, divorce, bankruptcy, out-of-control children, death of a family member or relationship, a broken heart (just to name a few). We find ourselves asking questions like: “How did this happen?” “Where is God in this?” “Who will help me through this?” “What possible good could come from this situation?”

Consider this familiar “Storm Story” from Luke’s gospel:

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:22-25, NLT)

I see at least four lessons here that apply to the storms of life:

  • Jesus sets our direction into the storm (v. 22)
  • Jesus is with us in the midst of the storm (v. 23)
  • Jesus has authority over the storm (v. 24)
  • Jesus uses the storm to increase our faith (v. 25)

Friends, no one is exempt from the storms of life – no, not one. They can occur at any time, day or night, throughout the entire year. So, when you see “storm clouds” brewing on the horizon or if a storm sneaks up on you with no warning — tossing and turning life in ways you could have never predicted — rather than reacting in fear and doubt, choose to look up and see Jesus:

  • Thank Him for His sovereign will over you
  • Praise Him for His steadfast faithfulness to you
  • Revere Him for His authority over and around you
  • Worship Him for His sanctifying work in you
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