Are you in a storm today? Come talk to a mentor.
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’” (Mark 4:37 – 38)
I’ve been in the midst of many storms in my life and you have been too. In those times, it’s hard not to focus on ourselves or on the situation. It’s easy to sometimes feel that God has forgotten us. But there is purpose in the storm. The storms of life help shape and mold us. It builds faith, character, and “worketh patience”. (James 1:1-7)
God also wants to use us in the midst of the storm. The church that I attend recently did outreach on the Coney Island boardwalk. The winds that day were gusting at 30-40 miles per hour. There was a sand storm! The sand and wind were hitting us so hard in the face that we actually could not face certain directions. Every time we opened our mouths to minister, we ate sand! One member said, “There’s not much that we can do out here”. Still, we stood in the midst of the storm. We knew that God had sent us there with a purpose.
Very soon after, a homeless man, Dave, and his friend approached me. Dave asked, “Why are you out here?” As the sand swirled around us, I was able to share the love of God with him. I told him how God had sent us there to let Dave know that He loves and cares for him and that’s he’s not forgotten.
Afterward, Dave told me his story – how he ended up on the street and how he couldn’t believe that he was there. I was able to give him resources and pray for him and also for his friend. Dave received the prayer, gave thanks, and walked away a couple of steps. Then he came back and said, with tears in his eyes, “It’s so hard out here”.
Dave was also in a storm. There are many people in the midst of the storms of life without any hope. Many who are right around us – on our jobs and in our neighborhoods – are struggling. The winds are blowing on all of us.
As believers, our hope is in Christ, the One who can speak to the winds and the waves, “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39) He gives us His peace in the midst of the storm and calms our fearful hearts. He reminds us of this peace in John 14:27,“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
We know Him to be “faithful and true”(Revelations 19:11). He’s “the God of all comfort” (II Corinthians 1:3) who meets us in the storm and comforts us with His presence and grace. We have to allow God’s light to shine through us, that others might be blessed, even while we ourselves are standing in the storm.
Holy God, Thank you for being with me in the storms of my life. Teach me to stand firm on your promises when the wind swirls around me. Amen.
Question: Are you in a storm? Though you may not see it, there is purpose. How can you be an example of God’s light as you walk through your storm?