Part 2 to this matter of “Settle the Storm“. When we meant to try things to settle the storm, it actually worked to stir up the storm! When will this all let up? What if we need the storm –the constant continuation to help us get to where we need to be with God?
Then stir up that storm God until we stay put within and become so grounded during it all.
I read in a devotional, “Serenity: Meditations of Acceptance, Courage and Wisdom” by Mike Shea a few key notes taken from a series of Storm writings November 26-29 during a month that I was also enduring serious storm season!
God sends storms into your life. He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath His feet. God plans to give you the opportunity to walk with Him to the place He desires you to get to. The Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.
Storms give an opportunity for you to clean your plate, get priorities reset and take what you can’t let go of on your own. Some storms are for his good reasons and work out for your good. Sometimes the devil sends the storm attacking and repeatedly wounding you without cause. Some storms are self inflicted; you’ve been a sabotage expert for years. When you’re in a storm that’s seemingly relentless, many times its the one going on in your mind.
Some storms aren’t too bad until you react and think other people caused it. Storms form when you experience trials, tests, and sorrow. Get to know where the storm originates—is it from God, the devil, or you? Don’t be surprised when wild and severe storms appear. How are you going to react?
Lord, I praise you for the storms you allow which give endurance a chance to grow. I pray for wisdom to know where each storm comes from. Amen. (November 26)
We need to have our hope, trust and faith put to action! Praising Him IN IT!!!
The most intense storms of life can last many months as you’re sucked into the undercurrent of the whirlpool of self-pity while full of anger and blame. God sends storms to break us down. Confusion adds to the turbulence of a storm, yet God invites you to rest in his tower of refuge, and take shelter from the rain. (November 27)
You’re at your best when all you have is God. (November 29)
These storms are stirred up so that we can really take our refuge in God. Even through our anguish and tears we feel that attachment of intimacy grow in God. Our roots are going to be so deep in Him–nothing will cause us to be uprooted. Stand still and firm through the storm.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
We need to hang tight. It is only for a moment, because this storm SHALL pass. I hope that you connect with this song as this ministered to me in the deepest way during another serious season of storms.
God keep us anchored in You – when You stir up the storm.