Storms enter our lives with no warning. One year ago my son called and told me his wife hadn’t paid the mortgage on their lovely home for the last six months. The company foreclosed his home, and he and his family had no place to live. So, the five of them moved into our upstairs loft and guest room.
They still live with my husband and me. Though I love having my son’s family so close, our living situation brought stormy weather into all our lives.
I reflect on a storm that took place long ago. It’s recorded in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus was with the disciples in a boat. A strong gale arose. Fierce waves filled the boat with water and the storm turned deadly. Jesus was asleep. The disciples thought He didn’t care they were about to die. They had seen His miracles and heard Him teach, but they did not trust Him for their safety. Jesus got up, showing He did care, and rebuked the wind. Hush, be still. Actually the disciples deserved His rebuke. The wind died and the sea became calm. Jesus used the storm to teach the disciples to listen, trust, and obey Him.
God uses the storm in my family’s life to show us He does care and He will calm this storm at just the right moment—but not until we finally depend on Him alone. As we do, He lets us see more of His power, love and grace. And in that process He transforms us.
Thank you, Father, for the storms you bring into our lives. My family still lives in our upstairs, and we sometimes run into difficulty, but God is growing us.
He gives us calm in the storms of our lives.
If we let Him.
Anne Greene delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won three prestigious book awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement finalled in a number of contests. A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Anne’s World War II romance about a woman test pilot, Angel With Steel Wings, releases early in 2015. Anne’s female detective romance, Holly Garden, PI, Red is for Rookie, also releases in 2015. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. She loves to talk with her readers. Visit http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com for tips on writing an award-winning novel. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. View Anne’s books, travel pictures and artwork at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.