No matter where we are in emotionally or physically, the winds will blow in our lives. We are all affected by bad news, disappointments, heartaches, and other life changing events. The biggest life-challenging event in my life was losing my first spouse to death. I had been through a lot as his caregiver, but nothing prepared me for that tragedy. I don’t know anything that can.
These happenings affects our weak hearts and can cause us to grieve a long time, however, God knows that we will go through troublesome times and He has promised to be with us through it all.
Just as storms come and go so shall our emotional storms. I love the scripture below that God will never allow us to go through more than what we can handle.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
He knows how much we can take and He knows when to step in and how to step in. It doesn’t matter if your storm is a bad doctor’s report, a loved one is seriously ill, the world going crazy, trouble in your relationships…whatever the winds are doing, God is still in control and knows exactly what He is accomplishing.
When I read or hear of so much bad news, I sometimes wonder how God sees what’s happening and still sticks to His mighty plan. Then, I remember that He gave man a free will to choose. Man chose his own way. It opened the door for death and destruction, for stormy waves to befall us and for muddy waters under our feet.
Thanks to God who had a detour plan to help us when Christ died for our sins. What a storm He faced taking on all the evils of this world onto Himself. I will never be able to wrap my brain around what it took for Him to stand up and do this for people He loved so tenderly, so deeply, so intense.
The winds in my life will never blow like they did for Jesus. There is no worse suffering than what He went through. It wasn’t all physical either, it was mental. To face embarrassment, ridicule, division and then to take on our fallen natures of: rage and anger, confusion, sickness, jealousy, pride, addictions, betrayal, vengeance and so many other sins and to die to give us spiritual life. He rose and His story continues. He lives in believers now and we spread His message of hope to a world that’s sad and depressed and has no answers.
Yes, the winds blow in yours and my life…they’ll blow strong sometimes, they may blow in several different directions, rains may follow, cloudy skies where it seems dark all around, hail may fall down, you may even get wet and feel alone…but….but God promised He’d be with you. He said He had conquered the world. He meant that no matter what challenges we face, there’s nothing He can’t handle on our behalf.
And, He will grace us with enough energy, tenacity, endurance, perseverance and self-control to go through the winds, the storms, the mud and come out alive and kicking on the other side.
I’m encouraged today that He’s on my side and that He loves me. Even when I don’t understand why…I know that it doesn’t matter that I understand or not, all that matters is that I KNOW God is for me and never against me. You can have hope in that today too.