Are you going through a storm? Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one? Are you dealing with addictions to drugs or alcohol? Are you dealing with the loss of a job? Are you in an abusive relationship? Are you dealing with tough financial times? This message is for you.
While traveling from Ohio to Virginia I ran into a very nasty storm. As I was driving through this tumultuous weather, I couldn’t help but to notice the irony this had in life. Before I even got on the highway, I woke up early in the morning to run some errands in Ohio. The weather was hot humid and cloudy.
As a child in school, I learned about the weather and the different types of clouds, and was always intrigued. So while running these errands, I got caught in the rain on the way back to prepare to pack. Now I didn’t have to travel far so it didn’t affect me too much. If you’ve ever watched the Weather Channel, you know that the jet stream travels from West to East. In the back of my mind I knew I would have to face this storm again at some point.
Later that afternoon, it’s sunny and hot in Ohio as I prepare for my journey back to Virginia. As I began my travels, I get a call from my father, who was in another state, asking me was it raining there. He mentioned the weatherman said there is a storm coming and he knew I would probably run into it.
Notice in life you will get warnings before the storm. If you pay close attention, your intuition will sense that a storm is coming and God will send people your way to warn you. The question is, will you listen and pay attention to the signs?
Knowing the storm that hit Ohio early that morning was ahead of me, left the first hour and a half of my driver fairly smooth. Sunny skies, dry road, listening to my favorite CD’s on cruise control.
How many of us in life are in cruise control? Everything is good. No issues or concerns. You feel good about life and everything in it. As I approached the mountains, I noticed the big dark clouds I seen earlier. In the distance I could see the lightning and hear the low roaring of the thunder. I knew that this was not going to be easy.
If you have ever traveled on 64 going through West Virginia, you would notice the beauty of God’s creation by traveling through those mountains. However, it can be a very dangerous drive due to the many sharp curves and steep hills.
The first rain began to hit, although it wasn’t too heavy but it was erratic and very windy. The higher I began to travel up in the mountains; the lighting began to appear more frequent and looked extremely close. Oddly to say, as violent and dangerous as the storm looked, it was very appealing. Now I’m in the middle of the storm. My speed has decreased and I’m no longer on cruise control.
In life when we go through adverse times, we need to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on. My senses become heighten. The further I continue to travel, the heavier the rain came down. The lighting is more frequent and the thunder is louder. My visibility has diminished. It was raining so hard I could barely see 50 feet in front of me. The speed limit was 70 mph, but I was driving at 45 mph. This is where I began to see life lessons during this journey.
Are you prepared for the next storm to come your way? No matter what level of social class you live a storm will come. I noticed some people pulled over to the side of the road to wait out the storm, but I thought, if you’re traveling the same direction of the storm, eventually you will still go through it at some point. So for me, pulling over was not an option.
If you take 2 rock climbers and look in each of their backpacks, climber number one may have extra rope, water, gloves, fruits & vegetables, a blanket and a tent. Climber number two may have rope, soda, magazines, candy and a sleeping bag. Who is more equip? Climber number one is. Sometimes we hold onto things in our lives we think we need but really only slow us down.
At that moment, I made a decision that I’m going to go through this storm without stopping.
As I was driving, the rain came down even harder, causing me to slow down from 45mph to 35mph. Keep in mind I’m traveling through the mountains on a narrow, curvy, steep hilled highway. I not only had the storm to deal with, but I had other drivers on the road that I had to watch out for too. I had to watch out for big rig 18 wheeler trucks, cars speeding by me hydro planning and cars driving too slowly with their hazard lights on.
In life, there will be people around you, living a reckless life, without a care in the world, totally oblivious to the circumstances affecting us all. Partying, smoking, drinking, having loose sex, gambling all the time every weekend and so on…
Will you be amongst the dumb deaf and blind in these last days? Or will you wake up and pursue righteousness? The choice is yours. How long will you put it off?
When I became aware of my senses, I noticed that I had both hands on the steering wheel. I noticed that my grip was so tight that my finger nails turned white. I also noticed that my body was so tense as if I was flexing like a body builder. I realized that I needed to relax.
Have you ever gone through the day to day trials and tribulations and just notice that you are stressed, tired and tense? Have you noticed you can’t sleep well at night or you may avoid eating or over eat?
Once I came into this realization, that’s when I immediately began to go into a praise state. I began to thank God that I had four good tires. Thank God that my wind shield wipers were good and working properly. I checked the gauge and seen that I had over a half a tank of gas so I didn’t need to pull over. That’s when I knew without a doubt that I was prepared and fully equip to continue to ride this storm out.
In life when we go through the storms, we must come to our senses and come into a praise state. Begin to look around and notice what you have and be thankful.
When you think you have it bad, always know that someone else has it worse. Most times we pay too much attention to what we don’t have. For example, I began to think, I didn’t have a Hummer. I didn’t have an F150. I didn’t have a Beamer, Benz or Bentley. Then I started to think, I could be in one of those the tiny eco cars with bad tires trying not to hydro-plane.
Then I reminded myself of what I did have and what I did have was a good friend that I was able to rent a new vehicle from.
God will equip you with exactly what you need for the particular season you’re in. He will place the right people around you that will provide the necessities for your storm. But we must humble ourselves to seek the necessary help.
In addition, we need to stop speaking the circumstances of the storm and start speaking what we have in order to endure the storm. (Repeat)
Death and life is in the power of the tongue, so speak life to your situation.
I don’t know about you, but my glass is half full. I’m here to tell you that I have favor and favor aint fair! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I’m casting all of my cares upon you God, because you said you care for me. He has giving me the power to get wealth. I am the head and not the tail. I am to owe no man anything but to love him.
Stop confessing the problem and begin to proclaim the solution. Stop telling God how big your storm is and begin telling your storm how big your GOD is!
There came a point in the midst of this bad storm that it started to lighten up. I began to notice breaks in the clouds where I could see a small glimpse of the sun.
Now mind you, I’m at the peak of the mountain by this time. I began to relax as if this was over. But low and behold, not even 5 minutes went by and the rain came down harder than it did before. So hard I thought it was going to break the windshield. Like one rain drop covered the entire car.
One thing that was different, my confidence was up, so I wasn’t afraid. In my head, I began to do my check list again and I reminded myself that I was prepared.
So I say to you, build up your confidence now before the storm hits.
As I began to come clear of this crazy storm and only light rain was coming down. The sun began to shine through as it began to set. I drove through a sign that said welcome to Virginia. I began to smile and rejoice, not because I made it to Virginia, and not because I made it through the storm. I began to smile because off up in the distance I seen a rainbow sitting in the beautiful horizon as the sun was setting on a clear and peaceful final stretch of my journey. I took a picture of the scene as I made my cruise on my way back home to Virginia.