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.