Thursday, August 12, 2010

Weekly Word: The Storms Of Life


Matthew 8:23-27

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

I'm up again in the early hours of the morning with pain, so I'm blogging with a cup of tea in hand. Outside it is wild, windy, stormy and chaotic. That kind of describes how my life has been for over the past four years. Yes, I am blogging about the storms of life when I'm wide awake with pain and it is pouring with rain. Oh the irony.

I'm a christian living in chronic pain and my faith is sure being tested. There are days where I've felt abandoned and left out in the freezing cold to die. There are times when I feel like I'm on a boat, lost at sea, rocking with the force of raging waves; unable to find calm. I'm in a storm that never seems to end and sometimes I question God's purpose in all of this, and yes, some days I even doubt His presence. When I'm having a 'God I can't do this anymore moment', in my anger; I let Him know how stupid I think this whole thing is and there are just some days that I really feel like telling Him to shove it.

Some days my faith is as firm as rock and others it is a little shaky, but I know that God is the solid rock on which I can stand and if I stand on His word and promises and wholeheartedly trust Him, He'll help me make it through any storm. Jesus was present with his disciples throughout their storm in life and I know that He is present in mine and even though it may not feel like it at times, I know very well that He will never leave me or forsake me. Although I cannot see it, I know that He has a plan and a purpose for this storm. I also know that it will pass, whether it is now or in eternity. There are times when I feel nothing but fearful and afraid but I know that He is carrying me in the calm of His arms, helping me to weather the chaotic storm and because of Him, I have perfect peace in knowing that everything will be a-okay.

Storms are a fact of life, they are inevitable and we will face many of them but whatever the storm, God will always be there with open arms, willing to weather the storm with you and carry you through the chaos.



Thanks for reading,



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