On the planet Jupiter there is a storm that has been raging for more than a century. The Great Red Spot is the most conspicuous feature of the planet. It’s reddish in color and approximately 12,400 miles by 7,500 miles wide – it’s huge! It has been continuously observed since 1878. (Source: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/243638/Great-Red-Spot). Will this storm never end?
I’ve been going through a raging storm in my life for quite a while. The details are not important. We all go through storms in life that, while in the storm, seem to never end.
There are several things I am learning about the storm I am in.
- God always provides.
- He will quiet my spirit when I turn to Him.
- The storm is an opportunity for me to grow my faith.
We are never alone during our storms. God is with us through every storm we encounter. The Apostle Paul faced many storms in life. Here is one:
18 “We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
… 22 “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
The reason Paul was on this ship was he was being transferred to Rome to stand trial. How could Paul have remained so calm and faithful during these storms? I think the reason is he cultivated his relationship with God so that his faith would not sway during these violent storms. In fact, his faith grew even deeper. (Consider the letters he penned from his prison cell.)
The storms do not revolve around us. We just happen to be in the midst of the storms. What is important is how we react to the storm we are facing. If we look for opportunities to serve God even during the storms of life, our relationship with God will grow richer and fuller, and our faith will grow. The result? The storm will be calmer, despite how it seems to rage on.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
Blessings on your day.
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