Following Hurricane Sandy, I was watching a news special that was showing the damage done and talking to some of the people involved. It was hard to watch.
One statement really struck me. Several news personnel said: “It seems like we’re having a ‘storm of the century’ every year now.” Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms. Nowadays every year we seem to get some big natural disaster.
Has your life been this way lately? Not small things you’re able to deal with, but huge storms, one after the other? That’s the way it is sometimes. You barely have time to get over one disaster when another one comes on its heels. Maybe in your life they all are starting to be storms of the century.
This is where Jesus comes in. He wants to calm your storms. There’s a time in the Bible that he did just that for his disciples.
Jesus and his disciples were in a boat when a huge, furious storm came up. The boat was taking on water and the disciples were afraid.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4
Jesus can do the same with the storms of your life. If you will allow him, he can even calm those storms of the century. Trust him.
His disciples were amazed. “Who is this?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Yes…they do.
We’ve heard a lot in the last few days about Hurricane Isaac. After Katrina the people of New Orleans really didn’t deserve this. It’s only a category 1 hurricane, but can you say ONLY a category 1. A hurricane is a hurricane. Here’s what an eleven-year-old boy said about his family being caught in one of these powerful storms: “The part I thought was the worst was when we heard the windows break. I thought it was the wind but I couldn’t see anything. I was scared.” It’s a harrowing experience fighting to stay alive.
In their song “Hello Hurricane” Switchfoot says:
I’m a fighter fighting for control,
I’m a fighter fighting for my soul.
Everything inside of me surrenders.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about fighting to stay alive in a hurricane or fighting to stay alive in a relationship, it’s difficult and it can be frightening. But that last line in the Switchfoot song…that’s how you fight God’s way. You surrender to him. That may sound strange to you…that to be a fighter, you surrender. That’s how it is with God, though. You surrender all to him…surrender everything… and then he gives you the strength to fight. To be victorious.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4
Are you in a fight for control? Are you in a fight for your soul? If you need the strength to go on, you know what you can do. Surrender.
Check out the Switchfoot song here.
This has been the summer of NO RAIN. The repetitive forecast has been sunny and hot and dry…really dry. But, when it does rain, it usually storms. The other day during a thunderstorm huge trees were uprooted. The weather forecaster said the reason was because the ground was so dry it was like sand. The roots of the trees were not securely grounded. When the storm winds came along, the entire tree was blown down!
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7
Jesus used an example like that when he was explaining how important his teachings are to you. He said when you connect with him and live his way, it’s like building your house on a rock. When the storm winds and rains come, your house is safe and sound. Where you don’t want your house built is on the sand. Then, when the wind and rain come…crash!
Some of the those huge, majestic trees have stood for decades, yet one summer of drought and one storm and they fell.
Today…think about where your house is built. Is it on a rock? Or, is it on the sand? You know, though, you can always rebuild your house.