Beauty For the Heart: Life Storms

Our weather has been pretty chilly lately. Last night it was cold and we even had a thunderstorm. I was reminded how quickly a thunderstorm can pop up. Not only can thunderstorms pop up quickly but so can life storms.

Death, financial difficulties, family issues, marital problems, a health crisis~~all of these can be scary life storms.

As I was reading my scripture this morning I read Mark 4:39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. No matter what storms in life come our way, Jesus is in control.


Here are some things I had written in my Bible about this passage:

  • Storms are inevitable! We all have them and we need to be prepared by spending time with the One who can help us.
  • Storms are unpredictable. One day everything can be sunny and perfect and the next day we have a crisis. So where do we turn?
  • Storms are impartial. He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45 NKJV.
  • Storms build our strength. I don’t know about you but the times I’ve grown the closest to Christ are through the storms. The storms in my life have changed me and made me realize how much I need a Savior.
  • We need to be in the boat with Jesus. Okay, we know storms will come so the best place to be is with Him. Maybe the boat doesn’t seem safe to us but if Jesus is there that’s right where we need to be.

I don’t like the storms but I know it’s a part of this journey and I choose to face them with Jesus.

Are you facing any storms today? How do you handle life storms?

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 Have a blessed Sunday!

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Comments

  1. Donna Biddy says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It was exactly what I needed to hear at this time in my life.

  2. Cyndi,
    Very appropriate devotional thought for our family right now. My husband’s father, who had been the chief caregiver to his wife (my husband’s mom) who was ill with Alzheimer’s, died unexpectedly 4 weeks ago. And then this past Friday, his mom succumbed to the last stages of the Alzheimer’s. To say we’ve been in some stormy weather this entire last month is an understatement. But what I’ve noticed above it all, is a peace that can only be described as God-given. Without it, we might have been taken under with grief and discouragement. But with it, we can do “all things” through Christ who has indeed strengthened us. Thankful.

    Glenda

  3. Thank goodness she made it back safe. I’ve done lots of praying when my children were traveling especially during bad weather.
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

  4. Amen Casey! There is only peace in Christ!
    Cyndi

  5. That’s a great quote and so true! I definitely want Jesus in my boat. :-)

  6. judith hall says:

    Cyndi, This verse stopped me in my tracks. My daughter was preparing to drive back to college after one Christmas break and the weather was forecast to be snowy and maybe even ice in the direction she was headed. I begged my husband to tell her she had to stay. he kept telling me she was a good driver and would arrive well ahead of the storm. She became anxious and he assured her she would be fine. We hugged and kissed, she left and I went to my room to cry. I went to my Bible and thought, I’m going to pray her all the way home. We had decided on several checkpoints where she would call us and let us know she was making her way okay. She missed one of those points and I was filled with cold alarm. I couldn’t reach her on her cell phone. I started reading and praying harder, particularly this verse. The phone rang 45 minutes later, it was my daughter, crying. She had hit some black ice on the interstate, hit the guardrail which spun her into the other lane. It was God’s will that no cars were in the other lane and she escaped unharmed. With the help of some angels driving on the road, she was able to get her car to the side of the road, and a God sent woman took her to a nearby restaurant to call me.
    It was then that I realized I had been reading this passage the whole time my Lauren was involved in the accident and that she and I had weathered this storm together and Christ had been telling me so.s

  7. Yes, when things seem crazy, we have to surrender to our Saviour and let Him handle it. There is only peace in Christ.

  8. Amen, Cyndi! I love the way John Ortberg says it: “Peace doesn’t come from having a lake with no storms. Peace comes from having Jesus in the boat.”

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