Dancing in the Storm

One of my favorite songs right now is Passenger’s Let Her Go. You’ve probably heard it. “Well, you only need the light when it’s burning low, Only miss the sun when it starts to snow, Only know you love her when you let her go…” It rings so true that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone, because it’s so human to take what we have for granted.

This, I think, is one of the reasons we have storms in our lives: to help us to appreciate the good times. Think of the worst day of your life, or the worst few months of it. If that worst day isn’t today and that worst time isn’t still going on, you have something to be thankful for in that your life has gotten better. You may be going through a storm, but it’s not the worst you’ve seen.

And if that day is today, then you can be thankful that these times, though it may seem otherwise, don’t last forever. The storm eventually subsides, the puddles dry up, and the sun pierces the clouds once more.

Another part of this is found in Ecclesiastes 7:14, “In the day of prosperity, be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him.” God may have appointed you to go through a storm so that you don’t know what’s coming next. Not coming next makes you want to grasp for security and there is nothing more secure than Him. If trials grow your faith, the reward to be found in the trials is greater than the reward to be found in prosperity. If we can truly grasp this, we will be able to dance in the storm as much as in the sun.

Can you imagine what non-Christians would think of that? Of us celebrating when everything seems to be going against us? Of us praising God when we’ve lost our jobs, have a loved one in the hospital, or have a rebellious teenager? That’s the kind of peace that passes all understanding, that makes non-Christians wonder if maybe what we believe really is powerful enough to make a difference in our lives, a difference they want to experience themselves.

How do you react when you’re going through a trial? For my part, I have my good days and my bad ones. Sometimes, my faith is strong and the trial seems so much smaller than God. At others…well, I still have a lot of growing to do. I’m not yet at the point where I can be not just happy through the storm, but happy because of the storm, knowing that it’s during our trials when God grows us the most and brings us the closest to Him.

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Faith Through the Storm

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and His disciples are in a boat when a fierce storm threatens them. I imagine the disciples were frantically bailing water and attending to the sails for a while before they turn to find Jesus asleep. They wake Him up – I have to imagine with some anger in their voices – and ask Him why He’s sleeping when they’re about to die. He calms the storm and then chides them for their lack of faith.

I don’t know whether Jesus had wanted them to calm the storm or just ride it out with the faith that, if Jesus was on board and soundly asleep, that everything would be fine. Either way, they doubted His goodness when they questioned whether He’d take care of them. He was the Son of God, with power over all creation. Surely, He could take care of a storm, right?

Yet how often are we like the disciples? We get worked up over the storms in our lives, never realizing that the One who allows them is still in the boat with us and knows that we’ll be ok if we just trust in Him.

God has the power to calm storms, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, or perform any other miracle He chooses. The storms in your life have likely been allowed to test and grow your faith in Him. Can you depend on God and turn to Him even when your world is falling apart? Can you worship Him even when He seems to be asleep in the boat? Can you obey Him even when you don’t understand what’s happening to you? God shows Himself mighty on behalf of those who trust fully in Him.

If He tells you to do something, do it. If He tells you to wait on Him, wait. If you trust in Him, though, you will come through the storm in your life, and you will be stronger for it because your faith in Him will be stronger.