Motorist making their way home through flooded highways.
Some rain is to be expected here in Southern California, and we enjoy the occasional showers, even though people often forget how to drive and no one can remember where they last put their umbrella. But tornado warnings? Wha? We've had some amazing and random weather in the past few weeks; to be honest, I never thought to see the day when we'd take a tornado warning serious in the OC/LA territories. Seriously, isn't it bad enough we have to deal with earthquakes?
Even so, when it rains it pours or you could say our "cup runneth over," and in the hard times we've been having, an abundance of blessings like a down pouring of rain, even if it floods our highways, is still something to be thankful for. Blessing or curse: it's all a matter of perspective. Nonetheless as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow pointed out, "Into each life some rain must fall," and it will regardless of how you perceive it.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
Many of the disciples were fishermen and knew how to deal with a simple storm, but they sailed into a tempest much bigger than they were used too. Like the disciples we've all had our share of storms, those storms in life and in the weather surrounding our lives can be hard to deal with: they can disrupt plans, they can cause greater hardships and they can be much greater than we've planned.
Psalm 23: 1-6
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Like us, David dealt with a myriad of tempests in his lifetime. Yet, how is it possible that David can face off with Death itself and have no fear? It was his faith; David knew God was with him. He had faith in the midst of his storm that, to use a nautical term, the Master was with him in the ship.
David goes on the say, "My cup runneth over." That could be translated as overflows or simply as amply satisfies, but what does it mean to us, the believer? The Psalmist, David, often talks about the good times, the bad times and the ugly times, but he starts and ends this Psalm with peace, goodness and love because David knew no matter how his cup might overflow in the moment, with good or bad, that God would provide for him and protect him.
Now, we've all had our hands full to overflowing with problems, stresses and worries; nevertheless we can always, like David, start and end each day with peace, goodness and love which is sure to follow us when we know God's abundance that goes above and beyond the mere everyday necessities of life. When we have faith that God is with us whether our cup overflows with the many storms life brings, God's overabundant blessings or even a mixture of both; no matter the weather or situation we can yet end our day well.