Last night, we were driving to our son’s basketball game and it was pouring rain. When you are in the middle of a storm, it's tough to do what you need to do. It's tough to walk in a storm, tough to drive in a storm, and tough to see in a storm. As I was driving, I had my windshield wipers going at a high speed and I really had to focus on the road to see what was ahead of me. The storms in the physical are such a perfect representation of storms in all areas of our lives.
For many of us, when we face the storms of life, we look back at our past situations. We revert back to what we did in the past, whether it was successful or not. We do what is comfortable to us, whether or not it's wise. Reverting back to the past can be good if you were leaning on God during past tough situations. The problem comes when we revert back to other storms where God wasn't our source of strength and reliance. Maybe we trying to handle the situation on our own and we were becoming angry, repaying evil for evil, feeling defeated, drawing back, etc. Reverting back to unhealthy solutions isn't how God intended us to make it through the storms of life.
For others, when we face the storms of life, we may become overwhelmed by our present situation. This is easy to do! We get so caught up in what we are going through that we can't see past our current situation, or we can't see what God is doing in our current situation. This is exactly what the disciples did in the passage from Luke 8. The disciples and Jesus were on a boat and a storm came. Jesus was sleeping, and this was the disciples’ reaction:
And they went and woke him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.
He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
Luke 8: 24
Their storm was legitimate. They were on a boat, none the less! I'm pretty sure they had no other thoughts on their minds other than the current storm they were facing. Even though we too can get caught up in the current storms of our lives, we should follow the disciples' example by calling on the One who has the power over the storms.
Our answer in storms lies in the promise. It's not the past negative situations or reactions, or the overwhelming present; it's the promise of what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. In Matthew 7:24-27, we are told that being wise doesn't mean storms won't come. Both the wise and foolish man faced storms. We know we will face storms, but it's how we react that makes the difference. It's remembering that God is faithful and can teach us through all situations. As crazy as it sounds, let's embrace the storms we face in life, only because we know we serve a God who has promised to be with us during the storms.