AFTER THE STORM IS OVER Andy Hollifield 8-23-18
Genesis 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
Have you ever went outside right after a severe thunderstorm has passed in the summer? Most of us probably have. There is such a peace, freshness, calm and then a symphony of song as birds and insects of all kinds begin to make their music once again. Have you drifted to that place in your mind yet? That quiet place that you slip off to when you want to shut out the world if even for a minute. It may be a chair on the porch or walking to the barn or in fields or woods or maybe just around the yard. It don’t matter where it is, it is a place for you to sit quietly in awe and wonder as nature comes back to life after a time of deafening silence except for the noise of the storm. Mark 4:39 says, “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”. Have you ever noticed that the more severe and violent and loud a storm is, the more beautiful, peaceful, and soothing the great calm that follows it is.
The fact is that it is the same way in our lives. It seems that although the winds of life may howl against us, the calm is always the sweetest following the most vicious storms. We don’t seem to notice it as much when we just have times of mild difficulty, but when trouble comes to your home or church or job, it’s a whole different story. We notice those times of calm and peace more after the worst storms. In the midst of our difficult circumstances, we long and crave for the time when our storms will be past and we will once again get to enjoy the quietness, serenity, and calm following the storm.
The hard part of those storms of life are that when we are in them, we often can’t talk to anyone that we think will understand. Peter said in chapter 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”. To cast means to throw. Jesus wants us to cast all of our problems on him. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus himself said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. If we don’t walk close to the Lord, we can’t be close enough to “cast” our burdens upon him. Myself, I have a bad habit of trying to carry my own load and often don’t cast all my care on Jesus until I am being crushed beneath it. If something is big enough to bother you, then it is big enough to bother God with. Actually, he is a loving Father and it doesn’t bother him at all for us to just come to him and have a good cry. His ear is inclined unto us. He sits attentively on the throne just listening for our cry of desperation.
Our storms will only last a while and at some point, when he has finished molding us, he will speak those words; “Peace, be still” to the storms in our lives. Then he will speak “Peace, be still” to our soul and we will finally get to once again experience that great calm, after the storm is over. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!