I grew up in Florida, so hurricane season was a part of life. We would prepare for it as much as possible and wait to see what the season would bring. Some seasons were more active than others. At times we were in the hurricane's direct path, and other times we would only experience the outer bands or the indirect effects of the hurricane.
If you have never been in a hurricane, it can be a scary situation. While meteorologists do their best to predict and help you prepare, it is unpredictable. Preparation helps; however, that doesn't mean you are 100% ready for what will come. You are, however, better off than had you chosen not to prepare at all.
Similar to how we experience physical storms in life, we also experience them spiritually. James 1:2 says Consider pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds. Trails will come in our life, especially as followers of Christ. John 16:33 (TPT) also reminds us of this. "And everything I've taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!" We will experience storms in life, it's just a matter of when.
As followers of Christ, there are spiritual disciplines and principles that we should incorporate into our life.
-Reading the word of God
-Seeking God for guidance in all decisions for every area of our life.
Doing these with consistency is preparation for what will come in life. It doesn't mean it makes the storms of life easier or that it won't impact you emotionally, but it does mean you are better equipped to handle what comes as opposed to if you had not prepared. When we don't prepare, it's easy to get consumed by the circumstances, what we see or what we don't see. We can begin to operate out of fear and become anxious because we are caught up in and focus on the storm elements.
When you are in a hurricane in real life, the wind and rain can be intimidating and overwhelming. However, during the storm, there is a moment when the eye passes over, and you are in the eye.
J.Branch is a wife, mother and child of God. She is passionate about helping others live the life they desire, have fruitful relationships and know who they were created to be and to live a life of purpose.
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