“No storm can last forever. It will never rain 365 days consecutively. Keep in mind that trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Don’t worry! No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. ” Iyanla Vanzant
Have you ever been in the midst of a storm-a health storm, a financial storm, a relationSHIP storm? Storms often arise at the worse times in our lives and without notice which makes them difficult to prepare for. But, when they hit, how do we respond? Do we quiver over what we lost OR are we grateful for what remains? Usually, we respond to storms with panic and fear but is that an appropriate response? Is it possible to have peace and experience gratefulness while in the midst of a storm? Truth is that even in the midst of a storm, despite its appearance, its category type, its name, and our inability to prevent its wreckage, we CAN STILL experience an overwhelming feeling of peace and gratefulness. But, how?
Weather forecasters give great advice on how to prepare us for an impending storm. They suggest we follow tv and radio reports, restock and stock up on food, water, medications, etc. But weather forecasters are ill-equipped to render advice on how to mentally and emotionally prepare for the storms of LIFE. So how do we prepare? I started whatstheship.com to examine and to discuss an array of relationSHIPS that we experience-those with ourselves and those with others. But, the most important relationSHIP that we will EVER have is our relationSHIP with GOD. Because it is my belief that GOD is the ANSWER and the SOLUTION to EVERY life storm that we will EVER encounter.
It’s inevitable, everyone will experience some type of storm in their life, but the good news is we don’t have to go through them alone. Because throughout GOD’S WORD, HE reaffirms constantly that HE is our helpmate in our times of troubles (and a storm is certainly trouble). Isaiah 43:2 tells us “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” In this scripture, HE confirms that HE is in relationSHIP with us when trouble arises and that itself should give us peace, comfort, and a sense of gratefulness in the midst of life’s storms.
Much like you, I too experience storms but I refuse to focus on them or their potential devastation. Instead, I choose to swim in a pool of gratefulness when the storm hits. Despite my MANY wants, I gratefully realize my needs are met. Despite my family and me having medical issues, I am grateful that we are alive. Despite the many roles that I juggle on a daily basis, I am grateful for the ability to juggle. Despite the reality that my cup has NOT yet runneth over, I am grateful that I have a cup. Despite the lack that exists in areas of my life, I am grateful for the abundance in other areas. I replace any and all drowning storm-like thoughts with thoughts of gratitude because GOD is truly, truly worthy to be praised. HIS NAME alone evokes comfort and peace.
No matter if you’ve just gone through a storm, are in a storm now or feel like a storm is lurking on the horizon, just KNOW that through EVERY storm of life, you are NOT alone because GOD is with you. Know that you are spiritually equipped to survive the storms in your life and that every storm you survive will only make you stronger. Having survived storm after storm, I’ve discovered through GOD that I am STORM resistant. So the next time you feel a storm brewing, don’t panic just remember WHO you belong to and that HE is with you in the midst of your storm.
SHIP TALK: What kinds of storms have you experienced? How did you weather it?
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