As a relatively new resident of the gulf coast of Alabama, I was not positive on how to react to the incoming storm, Tropical Depression/Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nate… I did not even know what to call it, much less how to prepare for it! I had some friends telling me we should evacuate to ATL, I had some friends telling me nothing would happen, and I had some friends telling me to buy all the water and bread I could get my hands on.
In the midst of this oncoming storm, it was hard to know how I should prepare and how I should react. The weather channel seemed to change its forecast every minute, then the next thing I know tornadoes were in the mix! Facebook became weather book as all my friends were suddenly meteorologists! It was easy to become overwhelmed and confused on what was about to occur.
On Saturday night as the storm moved in, I began to think about how often this is us in our lives. A “storm” comes in our lives and we don’t know how to react. We so often choose to panic, choose to post on social media, choose to run away– and genuine prayer and fasting are the last things we turn to. In Matthew 8:26, when the disciples woke Jesus during the storm on the boat, He said to them: “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.”
John Grey said in a sermon that everything in life is either “God allowed or God ordained.” Could it be possible that God has allowed whatever storm you are facing to come into your life to allow your faith in Him to rise? The disciples had the Son of God on the boat with them and they still panicked! Jesus knows that it is sometimes human nature to panic, but He longs for us to have the Faith to trust that He can calm the storms in an instant, and He can also stand beside with us as we weather the storms. We must trust His sovereignty in either situation. But regardless, in the eye of the storm, our Faith in God must be bigger than our Fear of the storm.
All weekend I have sang “In the eye of the storm, you remain in control. In the middle of the war you guard my soul. You alone are the anchor when the sails are torn. Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.” Remember that no matter what you are facing today, Jesus is with you- He remains in control, when we allow him to have control over every aspect of our lives! Let your faith arise today! Enjoy this song!
Have a great week!