Going Through A Storm?

Are you going through a storm right now?

When passing through the storms of life, please remember:

  1.  It could be worse.
  2.  It will get better.

Stay strong, focus on what you can do, not what you cannot, and know that the clouds will soon part, and the sun will return again. – Doe Zantamata

We all will experience storms in life.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like them.  I like things calm, peaceful – no drama and chaos please. Regardless of what I like, that doesn’t keep the storms away.  Several times in these past couple of years I’ve heard this about life storms:

We are either feeling a storm approaching, in the middle of a storm or in the aftermath of a storm.

I knew we’d all go through stuff in life but somehow I thought I’d get to a point in life where it would all just be smooth sailing.

Several years ago I also remember seeing Sheila Walsh on tv talking about storms.  She caught my full attention:

Just as storms show us all sorts of debris on the shore, when we walk through spiritual storms or emotional storms, if you walk through a really tough season in life, I’ve discovered in my life it will toss up some things on the shoreline of your heart.  And I think what happens is, it shows you what you actually believe as opposed to what you hope you believe, or even what you think you believe…Storms serve a huge purpose because they actually show us where we’re at in our faith and what we believe.    -Sheila Walsh

I thought about what she said.  I knew that during some storms feelings of fear would grip me.  It was at those times that I really had to steep myself in watching sermons.  A long time ago I found out that watching sermons brought me comfort. Yes, I knew about reading the Bible and praying – sometimes I did that too, but for me, actually watching  sermons seemed to offer me both comfort and learning (knowledge).  I ended up feeling closer to God.

One day I was having a conversation with my daughter about this.  I broke it down this way:  When you get a headache you take an aspirin and your headache goes away.  You don’t know how it works – you just know that it works.  For me, it’s the same thing with God, with the sermons (when I’m fearful, upset, etc.).  I like how Joyce Meyer breaks it down:

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”– Thich Nhat Hanh

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