As many of you well know, storms come and can be devastating. Right now where I live we have been in below-freezing weather for the last week. We are heading into subzero like temperatures with snow and ice likely.
Power can be lost. Heaters will be on overtime. Many of us will be homebound and staying bundled up like we are in the arctic. Pipes are wrapped and hydrants are covered. Those with livestock have hay out and are prepared to chop ice. We are prepared even though this is not that common here. We are not overly concerned because we know what to do.
My question, then, is, why can we handle these out of ordinary storms with comfort and peace yet we are caught unaware and confused by storms in our life? When these rare winter storms hit, we don’t panic or get frightened. No, we do what we know needs to be done.
Why? We do because we know what needs to be done even though this is not normal. We rest in what we know to carry us through. These are situations we can handle. We can somewhat control the situation. This is not the case with storms of life.
Most storms of life are out of our control. They hit us like these rare winter storms but these storms are not anything we have experienced. They may be something that we have seen on tv or heard about but never experienced. They are harsh and unforgiving. They knock us down and keep putting us down. We have no control. What do you do?
Turn to Him who created everything. We have this great promise from Him, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1). Not only this but He is our refuge and is our “strong tower against the enemy” (Ps. 61:3). It is the Lord that gives us shelter in a storm. He is the one who will keep you warm. He will lift you up when you are down. He will guard you in it all.
So, when the storms hit and the struggles come and we cry out with the psalmist, “From where does my help come?” (Ps. 121:1). Our answer is what this same psalmist knew, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:2).
No storm hits you that He doesn’t know of. He knows them and He can carry you through just as those who have livestock carry them through. You will face the storm. You will be in the storm. But just as you feed and tend the livestock and carry them through, God will do the same for you. He is your shelter, tower, defense, and your help. Trust Him in the storms of life.