Storms on the Pacific Coast can come quickly and with fierce strength. Sometimes they beat upon the shore with such power that the waves surge and crash with deafening force. When you’re in the middle of such a raging storm, it helps to know that it won’t last. It will eventually dissipate and calm will come once again. Even the worst, most destructive storms, eventually end and the sun will shine as you clean up the debris washed in with the wind and the rain.
Life is like that too.
There are times in our life when something, perhaps even unexpectedly, hits us with such force that we feel like we can hardly breathe. We wonder how we’re ever going to get through it. It beats upon us with such fury that it almost consumes us.
It’s not a coincidence that these times are often referred to as the “Storms of Life.” What we often forget while we’re going through them, is that they won’t last. That initial lightning bolt of bad news doesn’t have the energy to sustain itself for an extended period of time. Even when that storm changes something permanently in our life, it doesn’t have the power to beat upon us forever.
Not when we have faith. Not when we believe the Lord when He said that He would never leave us comfortless.
If we let it, hope settles in for the long haul and anchors our soul with strength and courage and help from on High. The storm will pass. The sun will shine again. We will have increased our capacity and understanding. We will have deepened our gratitude for the calm, quiet times in our life.
A wise person once told me, when all seems lost…wait three days. When you feel like you can’t go on… wait three days.
When the Savior of the world hung on the cross, it would have been then that life would have seemed hopeless to those who loved Him. They didn’t fully understand what was happening. But look what happened three days later!
When that fierce, violent storm hits you and you don’t know what to do…wait 3 days. When you find yourself still breathing, you will know that you can do this hard thing. Take courage, hold on to faith, and find shelter in this truth: It came to pass, it didn’t come to stay.
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