I have several friends and family who are going through storms currently. One just put her husband into hospice care. Another is recovering from a rough bout with pneumonia. So many are figuring out how to handle wayward children or unfaithful spouses or stressful job situations.
I do think that you can talk about the faithfulness of God all you want, but you never really and truly understand it in a tangible way until you have nothing else to lean on but God. For some reason, most of us will try just about everything else before we resort to God, who ends up being the only true port in the storm.
I heard the word glory, as in the glory of God, described once as something substantial or weighty. In other words, you need something weighty at the center of your life to keep all the parts of your world in place and spinning in their proper orbits. Otherwise, when calamity strikes, your life flies apart.
Only God carries the kind of weight to keep you centered and calm when those proverbial storms strike. Only God can keep you singing in the dark places where you can’t see but can only trust.
It’s easy to throw cliches around like “it’s always darkest before the dawn” and “God won’t give you more than you can handle” (which is not biblical by the way), but it’s a bit more difficult to navigate once the storms hit. All I know is that we have to keep living, keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep doing what I believe is God’s will, keep trusting and praying even when all I have is sighs and groans, and keep remembering the promises God gave us in the daylight. Pick a favorite verse or a favorite Bible passage and soak in it as much as you can until you can quote it backwards and forwards and until it becomes a part of you.
So it’s true. In order to know the strength of the anchor, you need to feel the storm. But remember that God is simultaneously the One who goes before you into the storm and is with you in the storm and will be waiting for you after the storm passes.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV