Do you hear Him? The rain fights fiercely against the wind, the wave’s mighty strength threatens to overtake you, the lightning strikes consuming fire all around you. No matter where you go, no matter where you try to hide, you are in the storm, the full unwavering life or death force of the storm. Storms come in many forms: financial crisis, brokenness in a marriage, lack of health, waiting for a prodigal, family tragedy, and is usually surrounded by chaos. How you come out of it depends on what you do in it, and more importantly who you trust in the storm. Do you fight back and curse the wind? Do you frantically grab the wheel and lean on your own strength to steer yourself to safety? Breathe in, be still and know. Do you hear Him? Hear His still small voice calling you out upon the water? Will you step out?
“You call me out upon the water
The great unknown
My feet may fail
And there I find you in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand”
The safest place to be in the storm is with Jesus. He called me out of the boat onto the madness of the sea, in the midst of the storm, but I was not alone. The chaos around me was still raging, the wind still blowing in my face, drenched by the rain circumstances still the same, but walking towards my Jesus who called me.
The first step: terrifying, exhilarating, peaceful. The storm continues to rage; I hear the defining thunder around me but my eyes are fixed like flint on my creator, my love.
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint determined to do His will. And I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7
There is no greater or safer place to be than in His presence. I would rather be in the storm with Jesus, in His presence than on an island in perfect paradise outside of it, outside of His will. What will you do in your storm? Heed His voice and get out of the boat or try to steer out of it in your own strength? Wrap your anchor around your Creator and His promises for your life. We may not understand the storm, but cling to Jesus and He will never let you drown.
“And I will call upon your name
And keep my eyes upon your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine”
Redeemed by His Love,