At Church | Published 2012/09/20


Have you been through any bad storms lately?

By Lynell LaMountain

Have you been through any bad storms lately?
Are you going through any right now?
Storms can stir up the heart and strip the mind of its peace.
Life grows dark and bleak and gloomy.
Some storms are down right scary and life threatening.

A few years ago, Jennifer and I went on a scuba diving vacation.
We spent 5 days on a boat out on the open sea with about 30 other divers.
Our first night, we went through the middle of a storm.
The wind beat against the water and churned the waves.
Between each of the raging waves were deep troughs.
The waves heaved the boat upward, and then the bottom fell out and we plunged into the trough.
We were in our room in bed the whole time.
And we could almost feel the mattress fall faster than us at times as our boat fell.
This went on all night.
You might be surprised to hear this, but we weren't afraid in the least.
Because this wasn't our captain's first storm.
He was at the helm all night.
And he had state of the art navigation equipment feeding him the latest weather and satellite information.
I guess we weren't afraid because he could handle it, and the boat was built to withstand it, which meant although we were going to be uncomfortable for a while, we were going to be just fine.
And we were.
I thought of that experience while reading Psalm 107:23-30, which talks about sailors enduring a fierce storm at sea – much like being stranded in a hurricane on the Gulf of Mexico; bad stuff.
In the middle of their fear, after having done everything they knew to do, here's what happened:
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven,"
(Psalm 107:28-30, NIV).
Isn't that pretty cool?
Not only did God calm their storm but He guided them to their desired haven.
Dear Friend, whatever you're going through right now, remember this: this isn't your Captain's first storm.
Not only that, but He's riding it out with you.
Call out to Him.
Let Him quiet the storm and calm your heart.
And also be confident in this: with Him at the helm of your life, you will be guided safely to your desired haven.

Dedicated to Your Spiritual Freedom,

Lynell LaMountain creates opportunities for people to encounter God and be totally free by becoming one with Him. His purpose is to ignite people with life, laughter and love.
He is the CEO of Life Ignited. In addition to publishing free devotionals that inspire and motivate people in their walk with God, Lynell travels and speaks to people everywhere about Christ’s pure grace.
He is a published author, and teaches courses on how to grow and develop personally and spiritually through God’s power and grace to become all we can be.