Caught in a Storm (And Finding Hope There)
It’s springtime, and that means we can expect severe weather here in South Central Iowa. Life, however, has no designated season for the storms of life - we all know from experience that loss, disappointment, betrayal, and death can happen at any moment, and often when we’re least expecting and unprepared. In my case, it’s been a significant increase in pain after nearly two and a half years of relative calm - spiritually and emotionally I wasn’t ready for this at all, and I’ve been a bit surprised (and ashamed to be honest) at just how stressful the last month has been. It’s humbling to realize that maybe I don’t have life quite as figured out as I thought!
It’s a very Christian thing to talk about the “storms of life,” but I think we use that phrase so much because it just rings so true to our experience. Max Lucado has a short but powerful devotional titled “Caught in a Storm” that starts with some questions:
How sturdy is your life when faced with the storm of futility, wondering what is the purpose of it all? Or the storm of failure, when you blew it and let everyone down. Or the storm of finality—tears, and flowers, an open grave.
I think we all like the idea that we’d be strong and resilient in the face of life’s storms - but we know that isn’t always the case. As I talked about in one of my devotionals from last week, there are many times when we face circumstances too big or difficult for us to handle. That’s the place we find the man who walked across the water to rescue a disciple whose faith had faltered… just like us.
Max gives us three anchors to use when the storms of life are raging: The first anchor point is my life is not futile. The second is my failures are not final. And the third anchor point is my death is not final.
Man - those are three truths I need to hear and repeat each and every day! I just can’t do this thing called life without Jesus!!! I’ll leave you with this word of encouragement from Max:
So, when the storm comes, anchor deep, say a prayer, and hold on. And don’t be surprised if someone walks across the water to help you.