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Weathering life’s storms under the shelter of His wings

Taking Shelter © D.P. Clarke
Taking Shelter © D.P. Clarke
Taking Shelter © D.P. Clarke

The hot, muggy days of summer have descended upon Florida. In one swath of the state known as "Lightning Alley," thunderstorms have rolled in with it. More lightning strikes this area between Tampa and Titusville than anywhere else in the contiguous United States.

Rumbling thunder in the distance warns of a coming storm. Brief flashes can be seen as it approaches. The closer it gets, the flashes become spears of light stabbing the earth as the thunder increases to a deafening roar. Windows rattle from the concussions while the sound rolls by overhead. Then the rain comes, pelting the earth by the bucketful. The fierceness of these storms causes people to run for cover.

A parallel can be drawn between the storms of summer and a believer’s life. Namely, where does one take shelter when the storms of life strike? Just like property and lives can be lost in nature’s storms, life’s storms also involve loss. Whether it’s the loss of finances, the loss of a spouse through divorce, or the loss of a loved one, how one weathers life’s storms is critical.

Many people seek shelter from life’s storms in a bottle, a syringe, a pill, or by snorting a powdery substance. Even believers can get caught up in these kinds of emotion numbing euphoria, but it is not the answer. The trouble doesn’t go away and more damage is usually done, sending one on a downward spiral of escapism from the storms of life.

Jesus often used examples from nature to illustrate a point He was making to His disciples. The picture above of ducklings taking shelter under a parent’s wing reminds one of a particular promise. “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge: His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4).”

How does a believer weather the storms of life? They do so by soaking themselves in the promises of His Word. This doesn’t mean one should ignore the situation, but the truths revealed in His Word will comfort them and keep them in stormy times.

In His Word He assures one to be of good cheer, because Jesus has overcome the world. He advises one to be prepared as a wise person laying up an inheritance for their children. It cautions one to guard their mind and tongue, because as one thinks in their heart it will affect their behavior. And out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Negative thoughts expressed aloud in tough times may become self-fulfilling prophecies. That’s why His Word also warns one to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

The Apostle Paul suffered many storms in his life including rejection, beatings, and imprisonment. He referred to them as ‘momentary, light afflictions’ which helped fashion in his life God’s ‘eternal glory.’ Believers can also gain strength and character by how they choose to weather life’s storms.