Hardships are part of life, but the results of those hardships are part of who we are.
When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a poem which said God never promised us rainless days, only that He’d be with us through them. This walk is not an easy one the Bible itself calls it the narrow road. I once read something that said God’s protection doesn’t help us avoid difficult circumstances, but rather guides us through them. So for those of us who may be weathering a storm right now, know that although the sun is not out, The Son is and He’s by our side with an umbrella.
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27 NLT)
This is the tale of a bee
Who was friends with a lovely daisy
He’d go visit her everyday
They loved talking and spent hours that way
One day, after a rough night of storms
The bee went to check on daisy, as was the norm
And as he approached her, a single ray of sun
Bathed daisy and left the little bee stunned
He always new she was pretty but today he saw her in a different light
He’d never seen her this way she was quite a sight!
His little heart began to race
As he got nearer and admired her grace
Amazing how a storm could bring out a side never seen
She was his friend, Daisy, but today she looked like a queen
He fell in love without even knowing
And she could tell because his face was glowing
What he didn’t know was that she loved him as well
The more she got to know him, the more in love she fell
What they had was amazing, it was awesome
But because he was a bee and she was daisy, their love would never blossom
How many of us could empathize with today’s passage? We all have our share of “dark nights” where sadness overcomes us and all we see are grey clouds. The difference is in how we react to these moments. The Psalmist teaches us a very valuable lesson; the same God that is with us in the day is the same God that will be with us in the dark night…..call on HIM.
O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! (Psalm 22:19 NLT)
There are moments in our lives where the storm is so heavy, the path ahead is unclear and unknown thus clouding our judgment. As a result, we see “ghosts”; something that is not really there. These ghosts can manifest themselves as our fears; fear of failing, fear of being alone, fear of not being good enough, fear of being unloved…etc. When the disciples were in the midst of a storm, they thought to have seen a ghost and feared, but what a great feeling it must have been to hear the voice of Jesus comforting and reassuring them in the midst of the storm.
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! (Matthew 14:27 NLT)
We’ve all had storms in our lives. For some, they may have been more like natural disasters; I dare say catastrophes even. Truth be told, these things have to happen; rain makes us grow, wind pushes us farther, fire purifies, and pressure creates diamonds. In today’s passage, the disciples were passing through a fierce storm. Jesus was sleeping during the storm and at one point (when it seemed the boat would capsize) they questioned Him, asking if He cared whether or not they drowned. It was then when Jesus stood up and calmed the storm. It’s the same with us. As we weather the storms that torment our lives, let us be reminded that Jesus is with us, He cares, and at just the right moment, He will calm the storm and bring peace to the situation and to us.
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 KJV)