Do You Like Storms?

pexels-photo-355288.jpeg“And he 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.

“Father, may the children know you are with us, here in this place.”

For several years the Lord kept any sign of a rain cloud away from us during the week of Day Camp. Being our afternoons are spent outside, good weather kept the children from disappointment. All anticipated swimming in the lake. But the last few years a change has taken place. More days than not storm clouds threaten our game time and swim time. We’ve learned to praise God for the clouds.

“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still…God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God…Ps. 62:11; He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still…Ps. 107:29;

“…And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm…I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety…Ps. 4:8; The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace…Ps. 29:11; Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.” Isa. 26:3.

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Our Father in heaven heard my prayer and the prayer of the children. They saw God among us each day the clouds threatened to steal their joy, aka-fun in the lake! Without the storms raging around us, they would not have seen the Lord’s power worked on their behalf. The storms around us opened our eyes to God’s goodness among us as the clouds passed around in the distance.

Don’t get me wrong. We prayed each morning with the children for the Lord to take the clouds, but determined whether He did or didn’t we would still praise Him.  The Lord showed Himself strong on our behalf to encourage our growing faith. This is why we can praise Him in the storm. He will show himself strong either way.IMG_0620

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2Chr. 16:9.

So often in times of peace we forget how precious is the gift. Even as in our strength we forget how sufficient is His grace.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus… My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (Phil. 4:7; 2Cor. 12:9.)

How do you find peace when the storms threaten?