Growing up, during hard times I would hear my mother say, “When it rains, it pours.” At times, she would sing a song called The Rain Keeps Falling Down. The lyrics read: “If you’ve never had any rain in your life, wait a while…If you think things are always going to be up and never down, wait a while…Oh the rain keeps falling down. The rain keeps falling down.”
Ladies, have you ever been in a place in your life where you’ve felt like the rain KEEPS falling down? I mean the times when it seems like you keep experiencing travesty after travesty? Times when, before you can see your way through one difficult circumstance, you find yourself in another? Well, if you’ve ever been in this predicament, you have officially experienced a storm. Webster’s dictionary defines a storm as “a heavy fall of rain.” It’s not just rain, but it’s pouring down rain. Spiritually, it’s when you constantly feel attacks not just in one place of your life but in many. These are attacks against your family, finances, job, ministry, prayer life, peace of mind, and everything else. When it seems that everywhere you turn the rain keeps falling down, you are in a spiritual storm.
A great example of a storm occurs in the life of Job. Job was an upright man who feared God, yet one day a messenger reported that thieves had attacked his servants and took all of his donkeys and oxen. “While he was still speaking, another messenger came” and reported that fire fell from the sky and burned up Job’s sheep and servants. “While he was still speaking, another messenger came” and reported that three raiding parties carried away Job’s camel and killed his servants. “While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came” and reported that a mighty wind struck the house of Job’s eldest son and killed all of his children. (See Job 1:13-19 NIV). Every time that Job experienced one bad report, another travesty occurred. Job was dealing with a storm.
The story of Job is a great not simply because we can see the storm at work in Job’s life, but because Job demonstrates how one can continue to worship and trust God in the midst of a storm. Despite all that Job experienced, the Bible says that “he fell to the ground in worship.” (Job 1:20 NIV). I believe that Job was able to endure the storm, because he never lost sight of the fact that God had not forsaken him. Even in a stormy situation, Job declared, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end…I will see God.” (Job 19:25-26 NIV).
In our storms, we must remind ourselves that God is still with us. Because He is with us, we can withstand any storm! Webster’s second definition of storm is “a mass attack on a defended position.” Ladies, this is where we rejoice! A storm is an attack, but it’s an attack against something that’s defended. In the middle of a storm, God is our protection and defense. When the storms are raging in our lives, God has the power to speak peace to our storms as well as the power to give us peace in spite of the storm. “Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles. He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace.” Psalm 107:28-29 (NIV); “And [Jesus] arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 KJV). In the above passages not only does God calm the storm, but in Mark we find that Jesus was in the middle of the storm with His disciples all the time. Just as Jesus was with His disciples, we can be confident that He is also with us. “Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20 KJV).
Ladies, it is true that when it rains it pours. But, let us not be discouraged by the rain. We may be in a storm, but we have the best defense a gal could have! “The Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” (Psalm 94:22 KJV). Be encouraged!
Thank You for helping me to see that storms are part of life’s journey. When I find myself in a storm, teach me to bow down in worship like Your servant Job. Help me to remember that in all situations, You are my defender and, at the right time, You will speak peace to my storm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to face every storm with the confidence that God is your defense. Know that you are not without protection, for the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s!
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)