By the time you read this, we will be in the middle of the storm. Sure, it may have stopped raining, but that doesn’t mean the storm will have ended. As I sit here right now, I can only imagine the days, weeks and months to come as we seek to recover and rebuild.
Storms don’t always end when the rain stops.
Before Harvey decided to make his unsolicited visit, I was preparing to preach this Sunday. My sermon was going to be about Jesus walking on water and calming the storm in Matthew 14.
God knew Harvey was coming.
In fact, one of the things which strikes me most about the account of Jesus walking on water is that Jesus sent his disciples into the storm.
It was dark. It had been a long day. The last few people who had experienced the feeding of the five thousand finally said their goodbyes and headed home.
Jesus told his disciples he was going to stay behind and he sent them into the storm. He knew what was coming and he sent them straight into it.
And this wasn’t just any storm. The disciples were experienced fisherman. They had spent many a night on the Sea of Galilee. They had survived many storms. Yet this storm was different. This storm was bigger. They were terrified.
Then they saw Jesus walking on the water to them. He invited Peter to trust him. He pulled him out of the water when Peter didn’t. He stepped into the boat and the storm stopped.
God often sends us directly into the storm – be it hurricanes, cancer, divorce or whatever problems pound you with rain, hail and heartache. He sends us into the storm because he knows it will be for our good.
Jesus sent his disciples into the storm to teach them to trust in his power and love. Through the storms of life, God teaches us to trust in him and not in ourselves. He reminds us of what is truly important. He reminds us that we are not in control and shows us that he is.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy. Just like Peter, our feet are going to get wet. It’s going to be hard. But God doesn’t send us into the storm alone. He comes to us in his Word and promises. Though we cannot see him, he stands beside us, watching over us, protecting us and at times carrying us through the flood in his powerful arms.
And he promises us that the storm will end. Right now we are in the middle of it, but the pain and problems caused by Harvey will end one day. That’s God’s promise. Even if we struggle through storms our whole lives here on earth, Jesus has won for us a home in heaven where there are no hurricanes, floods or any other pain or problem.
As you stand in the middle of the storm, don’t forget that. Good will come from this. Your Savior is standing by your side. He will get you through.
The storm will end.