Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Storm

As I was praying about what to blog next I felt compelled to share a bit of my week with you. Monday and Tuesday were horrible pain days. It seemed like no matter what I tried I couldn’t get the pain under control. I was at the end of my rope and wasn’t sure if I wanted to cry or complain or both. Then I remembered the words God had me write in my last post about choosing not to complain. I wasn’t feeling too great about myself when I realized I couldn’t even follow my own advice! On top of the pain, I had to deal with job dilemmas and family situations, probably not unlike your own lives. By Tuesday night I was ready to buy a one-way ticket anywhere to escape my life. But despite the rough start to the week I chose to continue praying and reading God’s word and that combined with some much needed sleep lead to much more pleasant Wednesday. I share all of this with you to let you know that if you feel the same way I do-you’re not alone. I’ve found in my life when the storm clouds roll in and rain down junk I’m faced with two responses-to run from God or to run to Him. I’ve responded both ways and I can absolutely assure you running to Him is the only way to go.

I am reminded of the story in Matthew 14:25-30 where Jesus walks on water. It says:

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

This reminds me so much of myself. I’m going thru life with my eyes fixed on Jesus and everything is fine. Then the wind blows and the storm clouds roll in and I look away from God and onto my circumstances and begin to sink like Peter did. My prayer for myself and for all of you reading is to continue to run after God regardless of the circumstances around you-to keep your eyes and heart fixed on Him.

To close I wanted to share a song that has helped me get through difficult times. Its called Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns. Here’s a link to the song. I hope it will bless you too!