Dear Lord, thank you for this refreshing time where we get to slow our lives down a bit and focus on You. May your words flow through us and become our heartbeat. We love you and thank you for every moment you have given us. Amen.
We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
Currently I am sitting at the airport reflecting on my visit to Colorado where I got to see my beautiful sisters and my parents. My youngest sister graduated from college and it was an emotional experience to say the least. My whole family was reunited, which is a rarity with all of us in different states. I love seeing how much they have grown and learning about their lives. As I was reading this verse I was reminded of the storms we have been through as a family. I began thinking we all need something to hold onto when life gets tough.
My sisters will call me or text me if they need something and I will always be there for them. Sometimes it is a boy. Sometimes it is finances. Sometimes it is school. Life is not easy as you know. Everyone may look like they have it together, but everyone has storms in their life. Everyone is going through something.
In this Chapter, we read that Paul is on a ship where the people are heading into a storm. They try to anchor down, but it isn’t enough. They eventually have to jump ship to avoid the storm. The thing about us is we can’t avoid the storms heading our way. Often times the storms in our life are out of our control. So what do we do? How do we handle these crazy periods in our life?
First we need to find out what our rock is. When life gets hard, what do we go to? For some they avoid the problem with alcohol or drugs. For others it could be video games, TV, sports, or their jobs. We go to what is comfortable or what can soften the blow of a hard time in our life. This only delays the problem and doesn’t help us for when these times occur again in our life. For a lot of us, I believe we take matters into our own hands.
Before I knew Jesus I would rely on myself when things weren’t going my way. I would try and figure things out on my own. This is a lot of pressure to put on ourselves. In the long run we will end up being thrown around in the wind. My freshman year of college I found my rock. I was at my lowest point and needed something to hold on to. I found out what my rock was or should I say WHO my rock is.
Psalm 18:2 tells us, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer…” For me this is comforting. It reminds me that, yes life will throw some curveballs, but that God has got my back. My hope and challenge for you is to rely on Jesus in the midst of your storms.
Talk to God. Tell him what you have going on. Yeah, He already knows, but He wants to hear you say it. Only then will He be able to open your heart to His goodness. God also works through others to help us during our storms. Family, friends, and loved ones want to help. They are there to help. We just have to be willing to let them.
Through prayer and worship we can build a solid foundation so that when the hard times come, we are prepared. Find some time in your day to grow closer to Jesus. It can be through music, silence, or even conversation with others about Him.
Thank you for reading and I hope this encourages and reminds you that you are not alone. You have people praying for you and a God that is working on your behalf.
Have a great day!