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When Storms Come

How do you react to trials? Often I look so hard for the solution or focus so much on the storm, my frustration builds and my problem becomes more pronounced.

After feeling God’s call to teach again, I spent my summer pursuing a job. I stayed busy in my pursuit. My heart was broken each time a vacancy was filled with someone else, and even though I was praying to God, I wasn’t really letting Him in my boat. There was a storm going on, and I was afraid and frustrated. The trip wasn’t going according to my plan.

Jesus didn’t explain the storm to me, but He kept bringing Jeremiah 29:11 to my mind. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He continued to assure me through His word that He was in control. I wish I could say I let Jesus step right into my situation and calm me, but I didn’t. I knew He was there, but I was obsessed with working out an answer and figuring out what was going to happen. I elevated an answer to my problem over Jesus. Just as He brought the disciples immediately to the other side of the lake, He would have taken me to a place of peace a lot faster if I had simply released my fears and yielded to Him.

Jesus did have a plan for me. Now I’m on the other side, loving the job God has given me. I have the opportunity to love, serve and teach families. I’m doing what I’m passionate about. Perhaps you are experiencing a storm in your life. It may be a trial in your marriage. Instead of trying to find strategies for enduring the storm or questioning why there is a storm, why not just invite Jesus into your boat?

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