“When you’re caught up in the storm or, you know, just the turmoil of everything that there is another side and you do get through it. And you know, just standing by the truth and doing the right thing.” Amber Frey
Who else gets weirded out when people say they like storms? So many people think they’re so peaceful to listen to, but I don’t see how they can be peaceful? A lot of my friends like storms and sometimes they go out to watch it until it passes. I’m that one who gets kinda freaked out and all I want is the sunshine to be out everyday and all I want to do is tan but in Melbourne you never know what the weather is going to be like. It’s meant to be summer right now but oh of course one day it’s hot and then the next day is stormy and freezing. Kind of like life right? One minute everything is fine and then the next you’re in the middle of the storm.
Imagine treating the storms in your life like the people who enjoy storms.
For me I have had my fair share of storms and trials but I have come out of them a whole lot stronger. If I hadn’t gone through some of the stuff that has happened then I would not be the person I am today.
Without having depression, growing up in a Domestic Violence household, without having dealt with a whole lot of insecurities, an eating disorder, so many friendship problems and losing really good friends and without going through many seasons of being very suicidal I wouldn’t be the person I am, I know that I can handle anything else that is thrown at me. Though when I am facing a storm, I get really upset and angry.
“Haven’t I been through enough?” I will say to God, kinda sounding like Job. I get so annoyed and restless, in the moment I will think it’s never-ending and that the rest of my life will be like that. And then the storm stops and I am completely fine and I realise that it isn’t the end of the world and that storms always pass, it may be a lot heavier and darker than previous storms but they do pass. I am slowly learning to train myself to keep my eyes on Jesus no matter what happens, I will praise You through it all. I have to remind myself that I will be fine and if God has brought me through everything else I have faced then He WILL do it again, He will bring me through everything else.
When you are in are storm, maybe you’re dealing with something so hard right now and you can’t see the other side. It’s hard to depend on yourself because you feel so weak mentally and physically and people just keep letting you down, so what do you do? You gotta keep your eyes trained on Jesus. In Mark 4:35 where it talks about Jesus calming the storm, Jesus was asleep whilst high waves were breaking into the boat and the boat began to fill up with water, the disciples were so baffled why Jesus wasn’t stressing about this fierce storm that they were up against in their boat. But then Jesus just said to the waves “Silence! Be still!” (39) and it stopped. Wouldn’t it be cool to have Jesus’ ability to sleep through the storm that we are facing? We can fully rely on the peace of God to get us through it.
Matthew 14:22 onwards is where Jesus walks on water, we all have heard this story but do we fully take into account what is happening here? The disciples were on the boat and in trouble away from land where Jesus was. There were strong gusts of wind and heavy waves, Jesus then started walking on the water towards the disciples. The disciples were afraid to say the least that they saw Jesus walking on water, I guess if I saw someone walking on water I would be pretty freaked out but also very curious as well, I would sure like to walk on water.
“Peter then called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink.”
The minute Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he sunk. He was too consumed with what was going on around him that he lost his focus and faith in what was holding him up in the storm. Which is what we do most of the time, when hardships arise we lose sight of God and we are so consumed in all the bad stuff that is happening to us and around us. We forget that God is a God of the miraculous and the supernatural. God has you and He isn’t going to let you fall but you have to keep your eyes on Him through it all. God doesn’t put us through the storms but He will allow it to happen to us to test the foundation we are set on and to make us into a stronger person to be fully dependent on God. Even with Jesus by our side we will still face storms but we have to endure it and keep our eyes trained on our Father and train ourselves to listen to His voice in the midst of it all.
Where are your eyes focusing when you are in a storm?
Storms are always going to happen so where you are turning to during them is your choice and its either going to make you or break you.