The weather forecaster is calling for a severe thunderstorm, a 95% chance, and you barely got a 24-hour notice. Didn’t he just predict sunny skies yesterday? It begins to get dark outside; it’s starting. The leaves are blowing everywhere. Your hair whips across your face. You wonder just how bad it will be. Your mind turns to thoughts of supplies: do you have enough food, candles, and entertainment if you get stuck inside? The rain begins to pour down in buckets. Common sense and the dislike of icy cold water being dumped on your head forces you inside.
Now you’re inside. It’s warm, dry, and comfortable. You are under the protection of your humble abode. Now what? You discover that you have no lights. You must find your candles. A quick assessment of your refrigerator and pantry lets you know that you have enough food to last you awhile. Whew! Thank goodness! You grab up some books to read, get enough candles and matches, and find your favorite blanket, Then, you unplug everything in the house, close all the blinds, and you are ready to weather this storm.
When you are going through trials and tribulations in your life, you must pay attention to how you weather an actual storm and endure your trials and tribulations the same way. There is usually something that is DESTROYED in a storm. Likewise, there is usually something DESTROYED in your life when you are “going through.” You cannot control this anymore than you can control the weather. Here are some pearls to help you weather the storms in your life:
1. In a “lifestorm”, seek God like you would seek shelter in a “thunderstorm.”
2. “Unplug” the distractions in your life just as you would unplug your appliances from the outlets. “Disconnect” yourself from the storm.
3. Food during a thunderstorm is limited; you can’t just go out and get more. During a lifestorm, consider fasting–choose to limit the food you take in.
4. In a thunderstorm, your shelter is weathering the storm for you. Likewise, in a lifestorm, let God weather this storm for you.
5. You wouldn’t go outside in a thunderstorm and start fighting the storm. Similarly, in a lifestorm, don’t leave the protection of God to fight the storm yourself. Remain in prayer and be still.
6. In a thunderstorm, you hear the voices of people around you, otherwise, it’s silent. In a lifestorm, listen to hear God’s voice and block out all other voices around you.
7. In a thunderstorm, you may want to read a good book by candlelight. In a lifestorm, choose to read THE GOOD BOOK (Bible) by God’s light.
8. The things that are destroyed during a thunderstorm will be made apparent after the storm is over. The things that are destroyed during a lifestorm will also be made apparent after the storm is over.
9. After the storm, when you discover that something has been destroyed or blown away, don’t try to fix it or replace it. When you give God the glory and authority over your life, He gives you what you need, and takes away what you don’t. All you need to do is be prepared and accept how He has chosen to move in your life. Trust that God knows what’s best even if you don’t understand it immediately after the storm. Sometimes there is something that you must learn during the storm. Pray that the lesson will be revealed and that you will understand. It could be ANY lesson, maybe even including some of these: a) Get the “speck” out of your own eye FIRST, b) Let it go/surrender ALL to God, c) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not to your own understanding, d) Let God direct your paths instead of you directing your own.
10. Don’t be concerned with what’s going on outside. Only be concerned with what’s going on INSIDE. What’s happening outside is out of your control. Learn to control and grow the inner you. During a storm, while taking shelter, it’s important to rest, regroup, re-order, and re-focus, so when the storm is over, your life can go on with renewed clarity and purpose.
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