I woke up gasping, threw back the covers and slid out of bed. Quietly I padded down the hallway and slowly turned the knob…

Outside thunder rumbled so loud the window panes shook from the sheer mightiness of its roar. Lightning strikes seemed to stretch from the heavens straight to the ground, repeating the pattern every few seconds. A springtime storm was in full force. The noise and light show woke me from my deep sleep. My heart began pounding in rhythm with the thunder and my body couldn’t get out of bed quickly enough.

As a little girl, I was fearful of thunderstorms and as the windowpanes shook, my body quaked with every rumble. I had a fight or flight mentality that most often took me running down the hallway.

Jesus stronger than storms

… I took several deep breaths and opened the door to my parents room. I tiptoed over to my dad’s side of the bed and gently touched him on the shoulder. He wasn’t startled by the interruption to his sleep, but calmly talked me through my fears. Some nights he walked me back to my room, but other times, his voice and being in his presence was enough for me to slide back down under the covers and weather the storm.

We all face storms in our lives. As children of God, we are called over and over to step beyond our comfort zones into brave new territories. Each step takes us away from the familiar into the unknown. Each “yes” to God, is a delight to Him but a challenge for us. As hard as the next step may be, God assures us He will be with us every step of the way.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Every brave “yes” brings rewards we cannot even imagine. But with each step forward we face storms that work to derail the hard labor we have already put in place. Storms as fierce as a springtime thunderstorm or ones as gentle as a summer’s rain. Storms that look like:

  • fear
  • self-doubt
  • unworthiness
  • unloved
  • weakness
  • frustration

There are many more that could be added to this list, but God is the answer for your storm. A brave life is strengthened by storms. We are faced with the choice of either walking through the storm or trying to go around it. Each has it challenges, but God is always in the midst of the storm. He is the anchor between saying “yes” and finishing our brave step well.

The story of Peter in Matthew 14 never fails to teach me lessons of bravery as well as faith in Jesus. Peter chose to step into the storm literally when he stepped out of  the boat. Verse 28 says, “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus replies “Come”. In that moment, we see a beautiful example of facing storms head on fully trusting that Jesus is who He said He is and will walk with Peter or any of us on the water. There is no storm too big, too wide, too scary or too difficult that you cannot get through it with Jesus.

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If we want to get to the end of the “yes”, we must be brave enough to finish. If we want to finish, we need God. If we seek God in our storms, He will be with us.

May I encourage you that we don’t need to be that little girl running to our dad during the night because we are afraid of the storm. We have our Heavenly Father, who protects us from and carries us through the storms. Jesus is stronger than the storm. He wants us to join Peter and become “water walkers”.

If you were to name your storms, what would they be called?

I will leave you with these words of encouragement:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

Blessings of grace along the way!

Mary

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