When storms come your way

This blog is inspired by the most recent episode of What’s God Doing!

Storms! How do you react to the storms that come your way? What is the right response when we can’t see through the clouds swirling around us?

Matthew 14:22-33 

Psalm 18

Job 1:20-22

These are the three passages that come to mind immediately. Mainly because God gave two of them to me a while ago to meditate on for this very reason.

I’m not alone in processing life’s storms; this is what one of my friends has been learning;

“When tragedy strikes and burdens get heavy, surrender is where I have been heading. 

Recently, I have been walking through fears of losing relationships, pain of lack of trust and walking through life challenges. When it comes to continuing in ministry, there are moments when you can walk depending on your own strength of what you can do or learning how to depend on God in the situation. Honestly, for a while my mind was so full of the circumstances surrounding me that I couldn’t keep my focus on God. For a period of time my heart in worship was not there, for my mind was running a thousand miles a minute. I was continually making my request known to God but losing the ability to just be with God. I soon had to transition and command my soul to worship, telling my mind to worship, refocusing and declaring who God is, and refocusing on His character and His nature. (Psalm 42:5, Psalm 103) With these tragedies and heavy burdens the Lord calls us to cast them upon him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) The word ‘cast’ for me has been ‘learning how to surrender’; surrender my desires and expectations of how I want my burdens to be handled. I am still in this process of surrendering my burdens and further trusting that God cares for me.”

I can relate to my friend so well the past few months. Psalm 103 urges me to remember what he has done in the past, and to thank Him in spite of how I am feeling in the moment.  (Philippians 4:6-8 & 11-13) (Now, I said I am learning. I did not say I am good at it.)

This song sums everything up quite well I think….

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim 

In the light of his glory and grace

I hope this is encouraging to you this week. Let me know how God has been inviting you to process these things, or some of the testimonies that you like to remember when thing get tough.

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

If you’re feeling weary and burdened, this week’s podcast may encourage you; push play, sit back, and close your eyes as God brings comfort.

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3 Responses

  1. This post and the podcast really resonated with me today. I’m going through one of life’s storms as we speak and this simple reminder that we can give these burdens, no matter how huge they seem to us, to God was a powerful and needed one for me this week. Thank you.

  2. I don’t like storms or the difficulties of life. There are moments that are hard and in those moments, I need to remember that God is with me. God can use those trials to make me complete (James 1:2-4) and He is enough to get me through.

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