We’ve all been there, when you feel like you are swimming for your life in the middle of the ocean, the storm is rolling in and pretty soon the storm has hit full force and you can barely see your hand before your face. You feel helpless, nothing makes sense and from where you are the shore line to safety is not in sight. When I was first getting to know God, whenever something wrong would happen a spiritual mentor in my life would always say to me, “God has a plan.” At the time I thought that statement was blowing my situations off, but over the years I realized that statement is in fact true.
Sometimes God must bring us through the eye of the storm, to clean us up a bit, and that’s not all a bad thing. If you know anything about tropical storms, you know that its nature’s way of cleaning up the ocean, the wind blows hard and it howls, the trees sway, dead branches break off, the rain pours down and it can be scary at times. It can a be a rough ride, but if you look up to the sky you can see the edge of the storm passing, it’s truly a magnificent sight in my eye, the sun peaks through, and the rain lessens. You see all the dead branches that were hanging on have been blown off by the storm, and things get uncovered but the land and weak trees get cleaned up and restored. I believe our lives can be compared to that when going through life’s storms.
If we never have a storm in our life, how would we grow as God’s people? How would we gain stronger roots and strengthen our faith in God if we were to never face a bad time with him by our side? God doesn’t make bad things happen but I know that when God allows me to go through things that I do not necessarily want to go through, I grow from my experiences. I know that if I keep my eyes on him, that he will not let go. Things may not go my way, things may not be pleasant, and I may be uncomfortable but he won’t let me drown. I am thankful that God is my life raft in the eye of the storm, in the middle of it all, that he is still in control, and that I can count on him to never let me go. I am thankful that every day is a brand-new day to start over. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, it doesn’t matter what is going to happen tomorrow. God walks with me, day by day, and we face every battle together and celebrate every victory because He ALWAYS HAS A PLAN. I will praise him even in the middle of the storm.
[ Praise to the Lord ] Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.