Hiking through the canyon was supposed to be fun.
My wife and I had started out in the sunshine, enjoyed a picnic, and followed the river up the canyon. What we hadn’t anticipated were dark clouds that quickly gathered. We headed back to the trailhead and barely made it to the car before the thunderstorm struck.
Jesus promised His followers they would go through rough times. These times would prove they belonged to Him. I am sure this did not sit well with them—and they probably hoped He would provide a cushion for all that life sent their way. After all, wasn’t He the Messiah? They must have doubted this when the storm assaulted their boat. Instead, they witnessed a new kind of power when Jesus calmed the storm—something none of them expected.
Often, I find my plans interrupted by a storm. In my struggle to be flexible, I discover I can’t control many things that invade my life. I have been conditioned to expect that every part of life should have a fairy tale ending where everyone lives happily ever after.
The secret of weathering the storm is to focus on Jesus rather than the circumstances. God wants us to lean into Him, rather than to demand our rights like spoiled children. Then He will make it possible for us to live supernaturally, despite our situation.
The thunderstorm came, blustered its way through the valley, and left that night. In the meantime, I realized life’s trials have a season, and then they leave.
Remember, God provides the only place of stability when life comes crashing down.
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