Help in the storms
'Such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up' Jonah 1:4 NIV
On its way to Rome, Paul's ship ran into a storm. When Jonah was sailing away from Nineveh, he hit a storm. When Jesus' disciples were crossing a lake, a storm arose. These were physical storms. Mostly, the storms we experience in our lives are circumstantial, emotional or relational. But we can still apply these biblical stories of storms to our situations.
Firstly, our disobedience can cause storms. This does not mean that every time something bad happens, it's our fault. But sometimes when we hear God's call and choose to go a different way, life can become challenging. The captain of Paul's ship didn't heed Paul's warning, and ended up shipwrecked. Jonah's rebellion against God's instructions led him directly into a huge storm. God's path for our lives is far better than any of our own plans. When we hear him call, it's for our own good to obey.
Secondly, we can know without doubt that we're not alone in the storm. God promises to never leave us, and this includes when we're facing tough times. In the middle of Paul's storm, an angel spoke to him and said: 'Do not be afraid, Paul' (Acts 27:24 NIV). When the disciples cried out to Jesus, who was sleeping during the storm, he calmed the wind and the waves. When we have God on board, there's no storm powerful enough to take us under.
So what now? Draw some storm clouds and write down a storm you're currently facing. Spend time thanking God for guiding you through the storm.
Soulfood: Isa 38-41, Matt 12:15-21, Ps 111, Pro 3:29-30