Surviving the storms of life

I’m sitting here this morning reflecting on the storms that came through last night and the various ways that people dealt with the storms.  I invite you to reflect upon these responses and what they can tell us about the “other” storms that enter our lives.

Yesterday, I saw a number of ways that people prepared for the storms.  You had some folks who were watching the weather channel, checking websites, listening to weather people and trying to get as much information as they can.  Now this information helped some people prepare, but it also caused some to worry even more.

Some people, I’m sure stopped by the grocery store and got their milk and bread! Some people, when they know storms are coming will go into “storm” mode and batten down the hatches. Some respond to the storms the same way no matter how different they may be. That can be good or not so good.

Some people, when faced with a storm, will talk to as many people as possible.  Some talk to gain wisdom, some talk because they are nervous.

After the storm, the variety of responses were equally interesting. I like the way my friend, Leah Cunningham, put it.  For some the storms are part of yesterday’s events and it’s time to move on.  The effect was minimal. For some, the storm was traumatic (a former youth minister had a tree drop on his house last night) and for some, the storm brought changes that are life changing. The paper this morning says that 3 people were killed in the state of Georgia last night.

When there are big storms, we need to remember that each person experiences the storm differently. For some, the effect was minimal, for some it was traumatic and for some it is life changing. A basic human assumption is that “my” experience is the norm!

Fear, worry, anxiety are all normal human responses to storms that come into our lives. Just like there are things that we can do to prepare for a thunderstorm, there are things we can do to prepare for other types of storms.

1)  Make sure you are prayed up. This is like making sure you have batteries in your flashlight and all of your emergency supplies on hand.  You might not need them, but then again you might.  Making sure you are in daily contact with Jesus will help you in any storm.

2) Make sure you know where the emergency supplies are:  If the power went out at night, do you know where your flashlight is; candles; candle lighter, etc.  When the storms of life sweep through, do you know how to look in scripture for support?

3) Make sure you know the right phone numbers to call for help: 911, the power company, police department, etc. When the storms of life come, do you have someone you can turn to who can help you?  One of the benefits of being involved in a community of faith, is that you have brothers and sisters in Christ to lean on.

4) Remember you are not alone.  This applies to all types of storms, physical as well as otherwise.  Immanuel – God is with us.  When the storm ends, remember to say thank you to the one who helped you through.

Oh, one last thing.  Isn’t the sunshine gorgeous after the rain!     Have a blessed week

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