Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Praise in the Storm

Life has been tumultuous lately.

A whole host of personal stresses have gotten a hold of me. I've been wracked with worry, laden with doubt and writhing under constant anxiety. Because of the personal nature of the stress, I can't go into much detail but overall, it's significant difficulty that has resulted in the wavering of my trust in God.

It's been stormy. so to speak.  I think about all the people affected by the recent tornadoes in the US and I grieve for them. My problems pale in comparison. But even in the midst of their disaster, God is real. God is here and He is in control. I've felt angry with Him lately, wondering why.
only recently have I realized that it's okay. It's okay to be angry and confused. God still knows what the outcome is and will be. He works everything together for the good of those who love Him.

I think of the story of Jesus on the sea of Galilee. He was sleeping in the midst of a horrible storm. His disciples were angry, confused and frightened. They woke Him and asked how He could possibly sleep?! Jesus SPOKE. All he did was speak. and the storm subsided. He asked them, why are you so fearful? Why do you have no faith?

Even though it seems God may be sleeping in the midst of your storm, He is in control and can literally speak to calm it.

Remembering this day to day is a struggle but I hold tight to Him. Without this reassurance, I would surely drown.

What is my only comfort in life and in death? 
That I am NOT my own, but belong, body and soul, to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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