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The approaching storm

August 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I sit and watch the storm approaching. Dark clouds drawing in, curtains blocking out the light. The wind picks up, blowing leaves around like helpless bits of rubbish caught up in something bigger than themselves.

The rain begins to fall, quietly and sporadically at first, then violently and without mercy. Plants bow at the power of the raindrops, which shatter on the ground, creating individual explosions.

The world has gone from a moment of calm to a moment of supreme chaos in a matter of minutes. The rain and wind attack the windows of houses, desperate to get in. Inside those houses sit people, all watching the storm, hoping the rain and wind stay out.

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In the middle of the storm, it is calm. A glimpse of peace amid a raging inferno. A moment of speechlessness, as the storm rages around but not within. The trees take respite, weary branches resting in a momentary relief.

Silence. Calm.

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I can’t stop thinking about storms at the moment. I can’t stop wondering why God leads us into them. Questioning why. It’s part of the journey, I know. But not a part I necessarily enjoy.

Nothing comes out of the storm unchanged in some way. Physically, mentally, emotionally – the storm changes us. As he guides us through the storm, God changes us.

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“Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they may rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges — battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood.” Billy Graham.

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Wind

August 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Wind is quite a varied dimension of weather. In some circumstances, it can be gentle and refreshing. On a hot summers day, a gentle breeze can provide timely refreshment from the searing heat of the day. In the winter months, however, a gust of wind can cut right to the core, can catch our breath and can knock us for six.

I think wind is my favourite type of weather. I love standing outside when it’s really windy, feeling the gusts buffering my body and breathing it in. I also love watching what wind does to other things, such as trees and water. I love watching trees bend in the wind, and I love watching a storm swell up the sea and create amazing displays out of the water.

Wind is powerful. It can destroy, ruin and cause havoc amongst the things of this world. The timely reminder yesterday of Hurricane Katrina five years ago is a testament to the fact that wind can be brutal.

One of the stories I love most about Jesus is when he calms the storm (see Matthew 8:23-27). The disciples can’t believe it – ‘Even the wind and the waves obey him!’ they cry out in disbelief. They can’t understand how Jesus can control the wind, the most dangerous and uncontrollable of the elements.

But that’s what I love about Jesus. He’s bigger than all the things of the earth. No storm is too much for Him, no wind too strong, no valley too deep or no mountain too high.

I love the Scripture in Romans 8:31 that says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ because it is so true. Our God can stop the wind, can raise life from the dead, can heal and can defeat the enemy forever. And God is for us. So nothing can be against us.

I like to remember this whenever I feel wind. I like to know that, no matter how strong the wind is, God is infinitely stronger.