Hey guys! Welcome back! It’s Alyssa & I am so glad that you are checking this out! Whether you stumbled upon this post by accident or you are a frequent reader of this blog, I know God intentionally put you on this site for a reason. I pray that you will find peace in this post, as I talk about our storms that we face in life.
I don’t know about you guys, but I have struggles, and lots of them! Maybe you struggle with family issues, health issues, or you struggle with your self worth. Maybe it’s anxiety, your anger, or your thoughts. Everyone has their own struggles, and that’s okay. Recently, I have challenged myself to look at my struggles as a way to see God through my struggles. Looking back on my past struggles time after time, God reveals more and more of Himself to me.
I’m going to be really honest with you guys- I have had a really difficult time coping with my anxiety in high school, but specifically this past year. I over-committed myself to too much & completely overwhelmed myself trying to get everything done. Recently I have got myself so worked up that I just shake and shake and wonder where God in the midst of my storm. I know many of you can relate to this in one way or another. Feeling like you are so deep in the pain and hurt that God can’t even see you to bring us to the surface. The feeling that your storm is so powerful and overwhelming that you have lost control and it feels as though God has lost you. Maybe you don’t even have a relationship with God, and the only thing that is apparent to you is that you are deep in struggle & hurt & it seems that you’re alone & you’re not sure where to turn next.
There is a divine & intentional Creator that has placed you in the situation that you are in for a purpose and reason.
At a camp this year, a counselor & I were talking about thunderstorms. I personally hate any sort of storm and they make me super anxious. He brought up such a good view on storms that I want to share with you all. He said that storms show truly how powerful God is. He can make one out of nothing and calm it in an instant. I never thought of storms like that before, and it helped to calm me during the thunderstorm that night.
In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calms a literal storm.
“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus’s disciples began to doubt His plan. In the midst of the chaos and craziness, with a breath of words he turned chaos into calm. Insane to incredibly peaceful, awful to awesome. God did this to a literal storm, how can we not expect the same thing to happen to our personal storm? If you have asked Jesus into your heart and in your life, He can and WILL do the same thing for you. Only in the name of Jesus can storms be instantly turned into peace. God can turn your mess into a masterpiece if you allow Him to work into you and your heart. If you have never made the decision to follow Jesus, I pray that God will move in you to Lord willing, make that big decision. If you have any questions at all about this or just want to talk through it, feel free to contract Raegan or I! (Check out our contact tab)
God told the storm to “Be Still”. We can tell our own storms to be still in our lives! I personally have a bracelet that says “be still” on it, and I wear it everyday! It is a daily physical reminder of this story and how God can calm my storms.
I hope you take something away from this, or God moved in you through this post. I pray that the Holy Spirit will move something in your heart, and maybe today is the day that you make a first-time decision to follow Jesus.
Comment down below what you learned from this post!
Praying for blessings upon blessings to you!