Transparency moment. Today I had another one of those days where I gave my problems more attention than I did God. One thing after another has been going wrong for a couple months now and today I was just drained. Tuesdays are bible study at my church, and in my flesh I didn’t want to go. I wanted to spend money I didn’t have on food I didn’t need to be eating, and cry in a corner somewhere. The holy spirit was able to break through my flesh and give me the press I needed to go anyway. I’m so thankful for that press, because without it I wouldn’t even be writing this post and would have missed out on the opportunity to be encouraged in my spirit.
In the middle of bible study a torrential downpour began followed by a brief period of thunder and lighting. Naturally the sound of the rain distracted me and I began to stare out the window. As I watched the rain coming down, nervous that it would not stop before bible study ended, (my umbrella was in the car) I started to see the rain slowly but surely begin to let up. The downpour had come to a lull and instantly God dropped this word in my spirit. He said, “Every storm has to end, and I determine when.” Talk about mind blown!
When you’re in a season of your life where it seemingly feels like you are stuck in a storm, you begin to wonder if that storm will ever end. You start telling yourself that when it rains it pours and so on and so on. God reminded me today that it won’t be like this always. Just as God stopped the physical rain just that fast, won’t He do the same for the problems that are like your rain right now? You have to ask yourself have you ever seen a storm not end? I mean this past winter in Connecticut and Boston I didn’t think the snow storms would ever end, but guess what? They did! And today, the rain didn’t look like it was going to stop, but within seconds it did!
The most profound part of the word God gave me is that “He determines when.” Every storm in your life has its reason and its season; it’s either preparing your for a bigger storm or you’re about to experience a season of sunshine. The why’s and when’s of these things unfortunately belong to our creator, BUT, how comforting it is to know that He doesn’t leave us when the storm comes and holds the power to end it. He’ll end it before it ends you. He knows how long you can stand in the rain without drowning. He knows you!
Mark 4:35-41 reads:
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 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?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Oh us of little faith! OH ME of little faith! I just love when God makes His word so plain and clear. I don’t even need to write another paragraph for the message to be understood. Jesus didn’t even have to use the power of His mighty hand to stop the storm. He literally told the storm to be still and so it was. He can tell your bills to be still! He can tell the stress of your job to be still! He can tell your children to be still! He can tell cancer to be still! Whatever it is He created all things and all things must obey Him! It may be hurricane season in your life right now, but you don’t have to get lost in the eye of the storm. Every storm has to end, so be encouraged and wait expectantly for His when.
And remember….The Lord will never leave you nor will He forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
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