As the Storms  Still Rage

It’s strange to go back and reread some of these older devotionals. I realize that the storms of this life are unrelenting. Since this was written in 2008, the storms have not abated,  yet the response to them remains the same: To calm the child.

The Storm  

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want,” (Philippians 4:11:12) 2)

How easy it is for me to look at the continuing storms in my life, my illnesses, my husband’s cancer, my dad’s death, dealing with an old house that now thinks broken water pipes are a nice habit to form, and sit and feel sorry for myself.  I believe in Christ as my Savior.  So shouldn’t this all stop now?  Am I doing something wrong?  Is it me?.  Jesus quiets the storms, doesn’t He?  Why do the storms seem to never cease?  

I read a quote the other day that seems to be an answer to my questions.

“Sometimes God calms the storm ... Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms the child.” (Author Unknown)

I look at myself and see how life’s circumstances toss me about like a tiny boat in a raging storm.  I long for a quiet harbor, for the winds to settle down, for the waves to cease. I ponder, am I going through these storms so I learn to let God calm ME?  Bringing me  to a place where I no longer cry frantically, “Oh Lord, not ANOTHER tempest!” and I can rest secure in the knowledge that somehow, in a way I cannot yet see, God will calm me, even as the storm around me rages. 

Lord, I pray you calm this child in the raging storm.  I know that calm can only come from you.  And though I really desire the storms to cease, I now understand how much closer I am to you when I can find that calm, even as the storms rage.  Amen

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