Sometimes It Takes A Storm

About three weeks ago, we had one more thunderstorm here in Baton Rouge. It lasted throughout the night with lightening, in a split second, brightening the entire house and thunder rumbling across the sky that literally made the house shake.

As you can imagine, all three of our girls—Samantha, Abby, and Caroline—were terrified beyond belief, especially Samantha. It scared her to the point that nearly every night since, she has asked either Jill or me, “Is it going to rain tonight?”

That particular storm lasted for several hours with the rains beating against the house in a pretty violent way. All three girls barreled into our room and said the rain scared them. Of course, Jill and I let them come into the bed with us for a bit, and we did our best to help calm their nerves, which eventually, we did. With extreme reluctance, the girls found the courage to walk back into their bedrooms and finally drifted off to sleep. But the girls’ negative reactions to the storm got me thinking about how, as Christians, we react to the storms in our own lives.

This is something that I speak of quite often, whether it be on Living Waters, Crossfire, Generation Of The Cross, or even in print because it’s something that we all can relate to at some point in time. Every one of us, no matter who we are, will face violent storms with the rains, spiritually speaking, beating down upon us and with fear gripping our hearts. We wonder if we will ever make it through the night. Situations that make life extremely difficult can bring heartache and pain like we’ve never experienced before and cause our lives to be turned upside down. We think, How life can be so unfair? Why is this happening to me? How can I get through? All sorts of questions flood our minds as we try to make sense of it all.

But take heart. Just as a child looks to its parents for safety, we can look to our Heavenly Father for safety. He is our hiding place in the time of storm. He is our shelter from the rains that beat down upon us. Instead of looking for answers in all of the wrong places, it’s time that we look to Jesus Christ, for He is our answer for every storm of life.

It may be dark now, but hold on, joy is coming in the morning. Understand that this dark night will pass, it will not last forever, and you should look at this particular storm as an opportunity for God to prove Himself to you in a way that you’ve never seen before. Sometimes it takes a storm to find our hiding place, which is Jesus Christ.

When those storms of life do come, and they will, rest assured that you can find shelter in Christ. He is your comfort and your shelter. Just reach out and touch the Lord, for He’s passing by right now, and He will meet your need.

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Gabriel Swaggart has been in full-time ministry for 15 years. He serves as associate pastor for Family Worship Center, is an integral presence on the <a href="" target="_blank">SonLife Broadcasting Network</a>, and is Lead Pastor of Crossfire Youth Ministries. In addition to his administrative and ministerial responsibilities at <a href="" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Ministries</a>, he also preaches several annual U.S. rallies.

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