The other night I was driving home from Bible study and ran into, what to me, was a blizzard. Now let me make this clear, I DO NOT drive in the snow! To say I was massively distressed is an understatement.
This storm came with no warning. I had been checking the weather and it said there may be a few flurries. But let me tell you, this was not just a few flurries. Isn’t that the way life is sometimes? Here I was doing something “good,” going to Bible study, it wasn’t as though I were driving home from something “bad.” However, even when we are cruising along, thinking everything is good, these storms can come. I think they take us more by surprise, because most people expect some sort of repercussions if they are doing things they know they shouldn’t, but most of us have this thinking that if we are being good, only good things should happen to us.
The other thing about this snowstorm I was in, was that it happened in a location that it shouldn’t have. I was driving away from where the snow usually is. I kept driving, because there was little choice as it was 9:30 at night. I continued to expect to get out of the storm by the time I hit certain towns, but it just kept snowing. This is the same for the storms of life, sometimes they happen in areas we would never expect. We may think that we have it completely together in a certain area, we are rock solid. Then an unexpected event happens and our world is rocked, instead of rock solid. I also have a tendency to think that storms should only last so long, but like my experience of the other night, some storms seem to go on and on.
One more thing, if you notice, the first thing I stated, is that I do not drive in the snow. Well guess what? That night I did! I also tend to draw lines in the sand, (or snow!) about what kind of storms I will have in my life. In not so many words, but in my heart, I tell God which areas of my life I WILL NOT have problems in. And just like my snowstorm of the other night, guess which areas of my life He allows storms?
The number one thing to know about difficult times though, is that as followers of Christ we are never alone. No matter how difficult it is to see, no matter that we have no idea how long the problem will last, and no matter that we don’t know the outcome, Jesus has promised that He will never leave us, or forsake us, that He will be with us in every storm.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35