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Finding storms in the midst of Jesus

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Most people seek Jesus in the midst of the storm.

But anyone who has honestly hit rock bottom, and has been lifted up by faith in Jesus Christ, subsequent to His Unfathomable Unconditional Mercy, will tell you that we should recognize the newness of the storm in the ever-present Jesus.

The story goes:

"As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?' Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, 'What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?'”

Unfortunately, the addict, or the adulterer, or the irresponsible soul, or the immature fool, enters storm upon storm, which rages from the consequences of their ill-willed choices. When they are in the midst of yet another storm, when it is raging beyond their control, they cry out like an atheist in a foxhole, seeking for the Merciful Lord.

And He comes without hesitation.

Yet, in their propensity toward vice, once sunshine and calm seas are the norm of the day, Jesus is pushed to the periphery of their lives--just another conversational memory. It is not until they reach rock bottom--and they meet the Lord of Compassion and Mercy--do they realize Jesus in the midst of every storm, greater than the storm, Lord of the sunshine and the calm seas of Love.

But the greatest lesson the rocky bottom disciple can share is the lesson of the Cross. Jesus not only saves us from the storm, He saves us through the storm. For the Cross is the storm of purgative Love. And Purgative Love is the suffering which burns our attachment to sin and vice away.

So when, not if, the next dark cloud surrounds you, praise the Lord for the gale force winds, and the waves which threaten to overtake you. For their fierceness, in faith, are the forces which will make you holy and pleasing to God.