I don’t watch a lot of television, but one of the few shows I like is Storm Stories. Perhaps it is because I like thunderstorms. I love to curl up with a good book or my laptop and listen to the sound of rain or the gentle roll of thunder.
My mother was quite the opposite – she feared storms and often would load us kids in the car and drive to our neighbor’s house to take refuge in their storm cellar. Other friends and neighbors would join us. Oil lamps and candles were always on hand to supply light and wooden benches provided a place to sit. While the storm raged outside, we were safe inside the shelter.
As much as I like listening to the sound of thunder, I don’t like facing the storms of life. “Thank you Jesus, but I’d just as soon not go there. Can’t you just take me to the next step of my journey without the difficulties?” Given a choice, I wouldn’t have chosen for my husband to have had cancer, or for us to face financial difficulties – the list goes on.
However, life’s storms or trials are inevitable. In his epistle, James says when you go through various trials, not if you go through them.
Scripture tells us of a time when Jesus’ disciples followed Him into a boat. While Jesus slept, a great storm came upon the sea. Waves broke upon the boat, filling it with water. The disciples, fearful for their lives awoke Jesus who rebuked the storm and the wind was immediately calm. Even though they willingly followed Jesus, they had to face the storm.
Must we fear when life’s storms come upon us? Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
Whatever trials or storms we face, Jesus is with us. He is our shelter from the storm.