Are You Ready For The Storm
by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
If there's one thing Nebraskans know, it's that the weather around here is completely unpredictable. Two winters ago I feared that the snow would never go away, while this past winter we enjoyed 70-degree days. I can remember blizzards that have hit in April and in October–months that usually bring perfect weather for jeans and T-shirts. Most years, though, we can count on cold winters, hot and humid summers, cool falls, and stormy springs that bring a chance of tornadoes.
On Saturday night, we had our first taste of those spring storms. We don't always have warning when bad weather hits, but this past weekend we began hearing about the storms well in advance. In fact, The Weather Channel even sent a reporter to Lincoln to cover what was predicted to come.
We were fortunate in Lincoln. Even though the sirens got us out of bed at 11:00 Saturday night, no tornadoes materialized, and we slept soundly the rest of the night. We had a lot of rain, but that was the worst we saw here.
Storms are unpredictable like that. Sometimes the weather seems perfectly calm, and then suddenly, it's not. Other times, modern technology enables meteorologists to track storms across entire states and send out warnings to the public only to have the storm die out before it hits. I can't help but notice a comparison to life, which is also amazingly unpredictable. As humans, most of the time we have no idea what life holds. We go about our day-to-day lives having to deal with things as they come our way. And sometimes, a storm hits.
What does your life look like when a storm hits? Are you prepared to handle life's tough situations? Or do you find yourself in a state of panic? To be honest, I've responded both ways at times. But you know what? At the end of the day when the dust has settled, I realize that I am, in fact, prepared to handle whatever life throws my way. And let me assure you it's not because I have some secret knowledge. No, the only way I know to handle life's worst storms is by pressing into God and allowing Him to carry me through.
Jesus Himself actually used this very analogy to teach His disciples. After His sermon on the mount, which contained a number of teachings on how to live according to God's will, Jesus ended by saying this: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
I, for one, think that's pretty profound. Follow His teachings, and your house (your life) will stand strong, because it is built on solid rock. Stray from them, and you will find yourself washed away with life's storms. That analogy leaves no doubt in my mind what I want my life's foundation to look like. How about you? Is your foundation built on solid rock (God and His Word) or is it built on sand (the world)? If you find your foundation in a less-than-desirable location, let me suggest that you pick up the Bible, God's Word, and research a change of scene.