Surviving Your Storms

The word ‘Storm’ within itself makes you stand on the edge and take notice. There aren’t any good storms, they are all bad – just different degrees of bad. By definition, a storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere accompanied by strong winds. When we hear the word ‘Storm,’ we get in a defensive mode – we begin to brace and prepare ourselves for the worst-case scenario because they are known for causing an uproar and leaving things in disarray.

Other characteristics of a ‘Storm” are their unpredictability – you never know which direction they are going, they can swoop down upon you suddenly with no warning. Then, there are their changing temperaments – sometimes they are as quiet a sleeping infant; and others, they can be as forceful, loud, and boisterous as a raging bull. Regardless, they always come with the potential for grave danger.

A ‘Storm’ can be severe, moderate, or mild and can have noticeable disruptions in normal weather conditions. There are all types of ‘Storms:’ thunderstorms, rainstorms, snowstorms, ice storms, wind storms, dust storms, sandstorms, storms, storms, storms.

Surviving Your Storms. In spite of everything, some types of ‘Storms’ have their benefits as well, which brings us to the focus of this blog – ‘Personal Storms,’ also known as ‘The Storms of Life.’  Like a natural ‘Storm,’ these unpredicted occurrences can pounce into your life unannounced causing havoc and leaving behind waste and debris.

There are all types of ‘Personal Storms’ as well: financial storm, loss of life, divorce, sickness, depression, poverty, unemployment, wayward children – these are ‘The Storms of Life.’  We try to prepare ourselves for them with five-year plans, ten-year plans, retirement plans – but things don’t always work out the way we planned. Suddenly, we are facing potential ruin, our blue skies are gone.

What was God thinking? Why did He allow this to happen to me? 

Wait! Don’t Capsize! Don’t Tilt the Boat Over! Don’t Panic! Don’t Collapse! Let’s just think about what we are saying. In a natural storm, our first instinct is to do what? TAKE SHELTER! So, that is my advice to you when you are in your ‘Personal Storm’ – TAKE SHELTER!  Go immediately to a safe place.

SURVIVING YOUR STORMS is not about waiting for the storm to pass, instead, it is about learning to dance in the rain. So, get your umbrellas ready. Praise God in the midst of your storm.  God is your refuge and your strength – right now help in a time of trouble! God is your joy and peace. Before you entered that ‘Storm,’ God had already made a way for you to escape – a way for you to break free from that confinement.  That ‘Storm’ is working together for your good!

I will be the first one to admit that it is not always easy – it is difficult to see a brighter future when you are in a stormy situation. You cannot see yourself surviving! God sees what you cannot see, put your trust in Him! “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7).

You will ‘Survive Your Storm!’ “Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. The trying of your faith will work patience in you. And, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1). 

‘The Storms of Life’ do have their benefits!


“Surviving Your Storms” — Yvonne James |


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