I was deep into tutoring mode with a high school student – discussing terms like chorionic villus sampling, placenta previa and whether pregnant women should eat fish. Jenny was reaching for the last Triscuit cracker in the box and counting minutes until she could tell me more about her day. She was getting restless, so she looked out the back window of our house and let out a loud shreak of delight.
“A storm is coming. I love storms. I’ve never seeen a storm on a lake. I’ve only seen storms come across our big corn fields. This is going to be awesome.”
She threw her binder onto the ottoman and all the loose notes went flying. If there had ever been any true scholastic concentration on her part, it was now officially thrown to the wind. I wanted to finish off my lesson plan but I made peace with the reality that studying time was over – we needed to adjourn to the back deck and watch the show.
I must confess – it was amazing.
In the distance, there was a huge, swirling volume of jet black water near the island and the storm had already erupted. The lightening exploded and lit up the sky like varicose veins. Within a few seconds, the black color scurried across the top of the water, like little mice scampering across the floor and the darkness came upon us so quickly, we didn’t have time to dash into the house. With one arm around Jenny and one hand gripping the deck spindles, I took a big breath and felt the rain burst onto the deck.
That’s the way it happens, doesn’t it? Unexpected storms come into our life and soak us to the bone.
Later in the day, I was thinking about a Louisa May Alcott quote that I had memorized a while back – “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” When this lake storm blasted onto our deck, I knew enough to grab onto something solid and to hold onto someone I love.
Life is not always stormy but I want to learn how to sail my ship so that I will be well prepared. I want to consistently anchor myself in biblical truth when the sun is out so that I can weather the inevitable storms when the skies are black. That’s what spiritual growth is – applying the Word of God to our every day lives, regardless of the circumstances. The Bible says that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” ( NLT) The Word of God is living and active so I can continue to learn about what it means to hold onto Jesus and love those around me, whether I’m experiencing sunny skies, grey clouds rolling in or an all consuming storm for the moment.
This too will pass because after every storm, comes a calm.