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.
In the eye of a hurricane, skies are often clear above the eye, and winds are relatively light. It is the calmest section of any hurricane. The entire hurricane rotates around the eye! While it may be calm in the midst of the eye, on the other side of the eyewall, the storm still exists.
While outside of the eye, the winds are raging, the wind is fierce, and at times tornados develop. The conditions in the eye are the complete opposite. What storm you may find yourself in now or in the future, I encourage you to get to the eye. It is in the eye of the storm that you seek God and search for Him with your whole heart and soul. When we do this, we will find Him. (Det. 4:29) When we find him, we obtain a stable positioning, perspective, and peace when we get into his presence. He is an anchor a firm and stable foundation. When we seek God and His ways, we ensure that we have proper footing; it gives us a firm foundation to stand on. We are reminded of who God is and who He is to us. We are reminded of the promises and the plans that He has for us, reminded of who we are in Christ. In His presence, we are also reminded of who God has been to us in the past. This reminder gives us stable footing even when we come out of the eye when we come out of the storm. We can take solace in this because "Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24. When you have a solid foundation, God, no matter what comes, you will not be swept away. You will not fall and crumble.
It is also in the eye of the storm that you can gain a new or better perspective. When you are in the midst of a storm, your vision can become impaired. We focus on the things not going as planned, the unexpected things, the hurt, disappointment, or loss. We can quickly become consumed by these things that we don't take a step back and look up; instead, we look around. When we decide to look up, we look to God for help (Hebrews 4:16), guidance (Psalm 119:5), and wisdom (James 1:5).
Many times while in the storm, we can become tempted to ask God, "Why?". The question we need to ask to aid us in gaining a newer perspective, one that is in alignment with God's perspective, is What. What does God want to show you? What is God trying to teach you? What is the area of your life God, whats to refine? What? God can only offer the answer to this question. As God reveals the answer, should He choose to do so, it will help you better navigate the storm. It doesn't mean it gets more comfortable, but your perspective in the storm changes, impacting how you look at the circumstances and the degree you allow them to impact you.
Should God tell you or choose not to tell you the reason for the storm, you stand on His word, on who He is, who He has shown himself to be in your life, and know that all things work together for your good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)
In the eye of the storm, there is peace. In the eye of the storm, you can have peace, despite what is going on around you. You can have peace because of your positioning on a firm foundation and your perspective, which God offers. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us God will keep us in perfect peace if we stay focused on and trust Him. If you want true unshakable peace, it can only be found in God.
As with storms, hurricanes specifically, the storm continues to move. The moment in the eye lasts but for so long in the physical. However, when it comes to the storms we experience in life, the conditions in the eye of the storm can last forever. It doesn't have to end once the storm passes. The conditions that are created as a result of our preparation can and should create in our life no matter the circumstances or season.
Let me ask you, are you prepared? Is there something or somethings you need to be more consistent in doing so that you are ready when the storm comes?
Until Next Time~
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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