From time to time my parents would remind me that I was born during one of the biggest blizzards they could remember. The roads in suburban Chicago were nearly impassable as they rushed to the hospital. My mother must have had a horrible night because I was born at 4:11 a.m. Yet, I arrived as the third child of eight siblings as the storm subsided.
I can remember many storms in my life– some them literal, some of them figurative. Was it George Carlin who once said, “Life’s a bitch—and then you die?”
The Christian Bible, New Testament recounts a miracle performed by Jesus. He is traveling in a boat with His disciples, and as He falls asleep, a raging storm almost swamps the boat. The disciples awaken Jesus, and He calms the storm and the sea. He chastises His friends for their lack of faith, yet, He saves them after all.
In my life, as I reflect on the storms, it is the same with me as it was with the disciples of Jesus. Storms can be terrifying, still, they usually pass. Sometimes quickly and sometimes it takes a while to see the end.
As I have matured, I have come to rely on the peace Jesus provides that passes all human understanding. Even during the torrents of life, Jesus is there with us, in Spirit, to guide us, reassure us, and rejoice with us when the storm is over.
Someone once asked me whether I believe that God visits us with these curses. I do not believe this, not in the least.
Our storms can be a result of poor decision-making. They can be a ripple effect of the economy. They can be our gene pool or our being in the wrong place at the wrong time. God endowed us all with free will, and that also goes for the people in our lives who may intentionally or un-intentionally do us harm. Perhaps I am over-simplifying. Sorry, it is my faith.
God is our lantern in our lives during the dark, scary, times. George Carlin may have had a point, but so did Jesus when he said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give your rest.” Have faith.
The story of how Jesus calmed the storm can be found in Matthew 8:23-27;
Mark 4:35; and Luke 8:22-25.