'You can make it through the storm'

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive and costly storms (hurricanes) in recent memory. As a native of Louisiana, a concerned Christian and human being, I often wondered if anyone would have made it through that storm and the flooding which soon engulfed the city of New Orleans shortly after the hurricane. In spite of the thousands of deaths, billions of dollars in property damage and the government’s initial failure to respond swiftly and appropriately, many people were able to make it through the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people who lost everything from cars to homes to businesses to loved ones were displaced; yet somehow they were able to make it through that terrible storm.

Often, I have contemplated and lamented over why we have personal storms in our lives though we strive to live right, treat our neighbors appropriately and obey God’s Word. Many people often question God as to why he allows storms to happen in their lives. Could it be God has a plan for our lives which includes storms, crises and problems? When I was in college I read somewhere that meteorologists would state that once a storm has gone through an area, it has actually cleaned out the atmosphere. Could it be God wants to clean out the junk in our lives? Regardless of the reasons for the storms in our lives, the story of Jesus Christ walking on water and calming the raging sea for his frightened disciples outlined in Mark 6:45-52 gives us some guidance on the supposition we, too, can make it through the storm.

• Jesus Christ watches over us even in the midst of a storm.

Some times when we are in the midst of a storm just like the 12 disciples on the Sea of Galilee we wonder why Jesus Christ has not showed up to assist or help us to make it through the storm. It appears when I need Jesus the most he is conspicuously absent or he seems to be a great distance from me. In Mark 6 we find Jesus’ chosen disciples were in the sea where they were met with a very boisterous and contrary wind while Jesus was on the side of the mountain looking at them as they were straining and struggling in their rowing. Although you might feel like the 12 disciples must have felt during their amazing encounter on the sea, we must remind ourselves that God has told us he would never leave us nor forsake us even in the midst of our hardest, toughest times in this life. Before we begin to complain or blame Jesus for his lack of concern for our problems as measured by his seemingly unappreciated absence, I submit we must recognize that Jesus was in reality standing on the side of the mountain looking out for and looking out at 12 disciples in spite of his lack of physical presence with

them.

Jesus does not have to be present in your current situation in order for you succeed or make it through your quandary. Therefore, we too can make it through the storms of our lives because Jesus is watching over us in the midst of the storm and if he is watching over us we should be assured we will make it.

• We have to reach the end of our own strength before we will allow Jesus to take over.

In the midst of the storm, the 12 disciples are like many of us who will not pray nor cry out to God for help even in the midst of worst dilemmas. They just kept toiling, rowing and doing things their own way to the extent they were wearing themselves out. We need to understand that we have to stop wearing ourselves out and allow Jesus to take control of our situations and circumstances which are as a contrary wind in our lives. Proverbs 3: 4-7 commands us to trust in the Lord with all our heart, lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Too many of us believe we can handle every situation without the need of the supernatural strength which only comes from God. Unfortunately, there is no storm we can go through without the help of Jesus Christ. It was only when the disciples realized who Jesus was and called out to him that Jesus intervened in their situation. We need to quit tormenting ourselves or allow the situations of this life to torment or wear us out before decide to seek the supernatural power of Jesus.

• Jesus will intervene in our storms if we recognize him.

Jesus Christ did not intervene on behalf of the disciples until they recognized who he was as he walked on the water toward them. They were afraid and they mistook him for a ghost, but it was not until they realized who the master was before he decided to intervene in their situation on the Sea of Galilee. As free moral agents, God will not and does intervene in our storms unless we recognize him first. We have to decide at some point we need to recognize the only one who can turn all our midnights into days, dry up all the tears from our eyes, and stop the contrary winds from blowing in our lives. We need to realize that our Lord Jesus Christ is a way-maker, heavy-load sharer, burden-bearer, and bridge over troubled water. We must also comprehend that God is Jehovah Nissi (Banner), Jehovah Rapha (Healer), Jehovah Shammah (Present Help), Jehovah Roi (Shepherd), Jehovah Jireh (Provider), Jehovah Tsidkenu (Righteous), El Elyon (Most High God) and El Shaddai (Almighty God). It is only when we become conscious of who he is and what he can do for us that we are able have the master intervene in our affairs and make it through the storm.

You must know today you can make it through any storm with the supernatural help of Jesus Christ when he sits down in your ship and calms the raging sea in your life.