Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The wind and rain came in waves. Just when we thought it was over, another band would hit and the storm would rage anew. It lasted a long time.
Before the hurricane, there was no way to tell which trees would survive the storm and which trees would fall. Some trees that appeared to be indestructible gave way at the roots and toppled over--crushing cars, power lines, houses, and unfortunately people. Other trees swayed and bent with the wind and stood straight again once the storm had passed. Some, like ours, were unwilling to bend and snapped in two. There was no way to see how flexible a tree was or strong the roots were until they were tested by the storm.
Unfortunately, life is full of storms. (In this world you will have tribulation [ie. storms] John 16:33) Sometimes the storms will last a long time--chronic illness, a rebellious child, infertility, poverty, depression. Often the storms come in waves--just when you think things have calmed down, another wave hits. Jesus says that even though we are guaranteed to face storms in this world, we don't have to live in fear. Be courageous for I have overcome the world! He also says that we can have peace in Him. I am realizing more and more how valuable peace is--not just peace in our nation, but peace in my home. Jesus said, I leave you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27). My peace does not come from a lack of storms in my life. My peace comes from trusting the one who has already overcome this world.
Do you have peace of mind in the storms of life? When the storms come, are you willing to bend? Are your roots strong enough to sustain you? Can you hang on even if the storm lasts a long time? When your strength is tested, will you fall or will you stand?