The storms of life can’t be prevented. As a kid, I used to think that I could stop storms from coming by being a good person and by doing my best to love everyone. I was very mistaken.I I thought that my life would be a bed of roses as long as I was a Jesus abiding believer. I had a few religious rituals I followed but nothing seemed to protect me from the storms. The storms came. Some came fast and furiously. It seemed that every time I was doing well, something bad happened. Something would come and steal my joy and my peace. That is what the storms do. They steal your peace and they replace it with chaos and anxiety. They cover your joy and wrap you in a foil of stress. The storms of life are merciless and unexpected.
After a few years, I learned that Jesus calmed the storms. I read in the Bible that Jesus was once sleeping on a boat while there was a storm. His disciples were scared and they woke Him up. Jesus wasn’t phased by the storm and He was surprised that the disciples were bothered by the storm. Nothing could steal the peace of the Lord and nothing could steal His joy. He wants you and me to be the same way. He wants us to hold on to peace and to joy during the storms of life. Jesus is the calm during the storm. Let’s adopt His attitude toward the storms of life. His Spirit gives us the ability to remain calm and collected. Jesus can give us peace in the middle of the worst storms.
In the past few years, we have had some severe storms where I live. I am never afraid of storms. I feel very safe in my house. Last year I listened to the weather forecast about a storm that was about to hit my state. The more I listened to the forecast, the more fear I had. I paid attention to what was described and it sounded very terrifying. I got scared for the first time as far as I can remember. My mind got overwhelmed and I felt stress rising up in me. The same thing happens with the storms of life. If we pay attention to the negative voices of the storms, we will be filled with fear and we will be scared.
We can’t let those voices dominate our thinking and steal our peace and joy. When the storms start whispering fear into our heads, we ought to talk back. We should pray to Jesus, the One who can calm all storms. The storms are not bigger than the Lord who lives on the inside. It is a question of letting the One inside come out and take care of the storms outside. Faith shows us that we have peace. Faith shows us that Jesus in us is the peace that can weather any storm. He is the calming effect that we should cling to. He is the personification of calm. The calm during the storm is not a myth. Jesus is real. He is alive and well. Peace is real. It is alive and well.
Storms are inevitable but I want you to remember that the Lord who seems to be sleeping during the storm is awake and He is alert. He is not dozing off and He is not ignoring your storm. He is not afraid of the storm and He knows that there is no reason for you to be scared. The storm will pass but in the meantime, sit still. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Don’t listen to the weather forecast. Don’t get stuck on the size of the storm. Two words from Jesus are enough to calm the storm. Today He is saying, “Be still.” Repeat what He is saying and let your storm hear it. You are safe and you are going to make it. God is with you. The calm during the storm is in you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25