Based on Based on Psalm 46
I’m writing this week’s Meditation as Charleston prepares for a predicted “snow storm” – two or three inches of snow constitute a “snow storm” in South Carolina!
When I made the obligatory “pre-storm” trip to the grocery store this afternoon to buy a few things that don’t require refrigeration in case we lose power, I saw something that always amuses me. Frenzied shoppers were picking the shelves clean – especially of bread, milk and eggs – in preparation for the “storm” – items that do require refrigeration in quantities that would last for a few weeks instead of a few days.
I asked a shopper with a packed grocery cart prior to a “storm” a few years ago why she had so much in her cart and whether she had an outdoor grill to cook all that she was buying. She said, “No, but I’ve got to get this stuff because a storm is coming!”
That lady and those like her, who go on panicked food buying sprees in response to weather warnings, exhibit a common human tendency. Life’s inevitable challenges and reversals – and even the possibility of those things – can easily put us into “panic mode” and cause us to overreact to counter the storms that we expect to come our way.
That’s why it’s good to know, believe and trust in the Lord Jesus, because not all “storms” are weather related. Some storms are spiritual, emotional, financial and troubling, but when we really believe that God is with us, we’ll be less likely to panic when the storms of life are raging. We can be assured that in spite of long odds, dire predictions and terrifying possibilities, we won’t have to face life’s storms alone and won’t have to make frenzied preparations.
The best of us will face storms of doubt, confusion, disappointment and anxiety sooner or later, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that when we know that a Mighty God is on our side, we can press on and find hope, joy and victory in spite of life’s storms.
Take the time each day to look to the Lord, to reflect on the storms that God has already brought you through and to thank the Lord for blessings great and small and for Divine deliverance by God’s grace and mercy. When you do, you can face life’s storms not with fear, but with faith – knowing that God may not save you from going “through” the storm, but that God will stand with you, protect you and preserve you and give you victory “in the midst of” the storm.