There has been a lot of news coverage recently pertaining to storms. Most recently you may have heard of Hurricane Lane flooding most of the Hawaiian Islands. You may have also seen news about wildfires fires up and down the west coast scorching the dry earth. I’m sure that we can all close our eyes and think about a storm that affected us in the past.
My family and I recently took a tubing trip on Nebraska’s Niobrara river. All started out well. We were floating down the river peaceful and relaxed. All of the sudden out of the west came a storm. It was not a typical thunderstorm, this storm was MASSIVE!! I’m not a smart man but I do know that water plus lighting equals not good. Anyway, we were in it, miles away from anywhere, lightening flashing all around, and rain pouring down on us in sheets. We pulled off the river and hunkered down next to a sandstone cliff. As we stood there rain coming down, lighting all around, all we could do is pray. Pray for safety, pray for help, pray that we would be able to weather the storm unharmed. We were able to make our way down river to a lonely log shanty. This building was not much but it was a place of shelter from the electricity in the air and the driving rain. .Prior to arriving at this shelter we had weathered the full brunt of the storm for over an hour. Needless to say, we were soaked, freezing and so thankful we stumbled upon this broken down building. At this point we thought we should give our outfitter a call to be rescued. It’s at this point I realized my phone was in a protective pocket in my cooler which was back on the tubes by the river. I decided I better head back down to the river to retrieve my phone. I retrieved the phone and as I was running back up the hill to the old log cabin I realized that my phone was water logged but was still working, so much for the protective pocket. I got signed in to my phone and of coarse no signal. Well, at that point I realized we were on gods good graces. We sat there at that cabin wondering how long we would be stuck out there in the middle of Nebraska. I did not have the heart to tell anyone that I had no cell signal, so we waited and I prayed. We were there about 20 minutes and across the river I saw a van heading across the bridge. It was our outfitter, he had talked to people down river and they had let him know where we were. We were Saved!! My wife thought that I had gotten through on a text message. At this point I let her know that I had not been able to because of the lack of signal. She was very impressed with our outfitter and was very happy . In all we had only floated 4 miles of our 12 mile trip but we did not mind. We were just glad to be saved.
We are plagued by storms in our lives. Beyond meteorological events we have situations in our lives that have the same lasting effects on us as an f5 tornado or a category 5 hurricane. Some examples of a personal storm could revolve around health, a relationship, financial or legal trouble, addiction, etc. All of these situations have the same impact.
In the Bible there are multiple mentions of storms:
Jesus stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. Mark 4:39
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. Thessalonians 3:2-3
And I say, “If only I had wings like a dove, I would fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would go far away. I would live in the desert. I would hurry to my safe place, away from the wild wind and storm.” Psalm 55:6-8
In all these examples the answer is Jesus. When you are in your hour of need always remember that he is with you. Sometimes when we feel the most alone his light shines brightest. The message of peace and love is clear in the above verses. Gods mercy is evident, no storm will last forever. As a Christian we must believe and stay strong in our turmoil knowing that Jesus will be there for us in the end. We are never alone. Amen.
Your Brother in Christ