A few nights ago, I was awakened by an unexpected storm. The gusts of rain and wind were so violent that I immediately found myself in darkness as the connection to my source of power was interrupted. My gut reaction was to panic. After all, I had no clue how severe the storm might be. Naturally, I started reaching out to friends, hoping that they could somehow help me with the problem I was experiencing. One friend instantly replied that the storm would pass within five minutes. “Great! It’s almost over,” I thought. Well, twenty minutes passed and the storm was still raging.
So what do we do when we find ourselves in the midst life’s storms? In a dark place? Disconnected from our source of power? With no clue of how long or fierce the storm may be? What can we do when the people we seek for help just don’t have the right answers? Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for Him.” (ASV).
That night when I realized that I was in a storm and that I had no control over it, I finally began to lie down and just rest. I had already prayed about it. Now, it was time to trust that God would care for me and remain faithful to His word. The storm lasted all night, but by daybreak the storm had passed, I had rested, and God protected me through the process.
In the same way that I needed to trust God with my natural storm, we must also trust God through our spiritual storms. As Christians, we know that the enemy seeks to steal, kill, and destroy our faith in God. Nevertheless, despite Satan’s relentless attempts to take us by storm, God’s simple yet divine solution is that we rest. Of course we must prepare ourselves with the armor of God daily and remain alert to the devil’s schemes. Yet, when we have done all that we can do according to the Word, God’s desire is that we rest in assurance that He will carry us through the storm.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…[God] will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:1-11 NIV).
Thank You for keeping me in the midst of life’s storms. Teach me how to rest and know that You are God. When I am faced with a storm, help me to remember Your servant’s words which state, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken…my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me.”(Psalm 16:8-10 NLT). In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to rest! Be assured that God is faithful to His Word and know that He is prepared to carry you through each and every storm.
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” Psalms 41:11