Storms are part of life.
Every year, the Philippines is visited by at least 18 to 20 of these in various types, some packing not-so-strong wind, but others, violent enough to topple houses and cause millions of pesos of damages to properties and at times, death to people.
Hurricane Sandy, just on Monday (October 29), pummeled New York City, the United States’ largest city, leaving it with a crippled transit system, widespread power outages and terrible flooding.
The powerful hurricane sent a record14-foot storm surge into New York Harbor that left subway tunnels and airports flooded.
In the aftermath of Sandy’s lashing of New York City, it reminds me of how puny and powerless we are.
Yet, a powerful storm like Hurricane Sandy also reminds me that every person in this planet needs God who is far more powerful than any storm we could ever face in our lifetime.
Psalm 93:3-4 in fact says, “The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty”
The ordinary fishermen-disciples of Jesus faced a storm they will surely not forget during one of their travels with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee.
The furious squall as the Bible described, nearly caused Jesus and His disciples to drown and overturn their boat in the middle of the sea.
But Jesus, awakened by His quaking disciples, stood up from the boat and commanded the wave and the wind to be still.
Mark 4:39-41 says, 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Are you facing your own “personal storms” in life?
We can find safety, protection and undisturbed peace when we have the all-powerful God leading us and guiding us in our daily living.