Last weekend the Weatherman and I spent a weekend in Florida. Alone and without the kids. Our time together was special, quiet, and relaxing. And, the weather there was amazing. But back home, there were storms. Strong winds. Tornadoes. Trees felled, and over 100 houses damaged and 20 destroyed. Friend, in life, the wind will blow.
When The Wind Blows
At one point on our trip, I remember looking at a grove of palm trees and noticing how they were bent over; their trunks battered and beaten. It bothered me that they’d been so permanently impacted by the blowing winds.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7|24-28)
Each of us experiences the storms of life. Battered by broken relationships, betrayed marriages, prodigal children, and ailing bodies; our own bodies and spirits become bent and bruised. Sometimes we feel as though we might break in half.
The wind will blow.
The storms will come.
Our posture, like the trunks of trees, will bend under the force of the storm. We will sway and be shaken.
We will not fall.
We will not break.
Unlike the trunks of the trees, this damage is not permanent. When we build our lives, our homes, on the rock of salvation we can be certain that we will not fall because we have a hope.
Hear me friend, if you are in the middle of a storm; with God as your foundation there is nothing you can’t weather. There is no challenge, no threat, no hardship, that His peace will not see you through.
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I have found that one of the best ways to weather my own storms is to come alongside someone in the midst of their own. Doing so reminds me that I am not alone in my challenges; that the storms of life have not singled me out.
If you are interested in helping others, looking for a way to help others weather the storm; would you please consider supporting the survivors of the tornadoes in Shiawassee County, Michigan? The Genesee County United Way set up an online donation link for those impacted by the Shiawassee County tornadoes. Click the link below to donate, with 100% of the funds going directly to those hit by last week’s storms.