TMTP – Day 10

Posted on 01.10.2013

The following post is Day 10 of 18, in the series Take Me To A Place – in 18 Days:

The dictionary defines the word “storm” as an “atmospheric disturbance manifested in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, hail or sleet and often by thunder and lightning.” Just by this definition one can see why this word is used so often as a metaphor for the tumultuous times we all experience in our lives! The “storms of life” come and go in moments or they come and go for days, weeks or months. Whenever storms come, however long they stay, they are not enjoyable and unlike storm chasers, we want to run away from them!

I am reminded of the story of Jesus and His disciples in that boat. When the storm arose, Jesus was sleeping and the disciples were panicked. They did not have a clue that the “calmer of the storm” was with them.  Their focus was on the storm and their feelings of sheer terror was evident! Once they went to Jesus, He immediately took control and let them know that they were safe with Him. After that, He demonstrated His awesome power and command of nature! (Mark 4: 35-41).

As I look back on my own life, I can see how Jesus has been such a calm in the midst of my storms, that it was as if the storms were nonexistent. When I enter into that place with Him, there is shelter for me. The troubled psalmist expressed a desire to flee from his enemies and said, “I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm” (Psalm 55:8). There is no storm chaser in that verse!

The blessing for us is that God’s glory and Presence is our cover! As it says in Isaiah 4:6, “It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” I thank you, Lord, that in You, there is neither storm nor rain.