Earthly storms can be viewed ferocious and even daunting. When it comes to the storms in our lives, the view can be the same. Life’s storms can cause destruction, despair and defeat but only if we allow it. Storms come to strengthen us. Storms come to test our faith in the Lord. The process of going through a storm doesn’t feel good; but keeping our faith in the Lord will calm us. When we focus on the storm, we give it the ability to overcome us. When we keep our eyes focused on the Lord, we are overcomed with His comfort, His love, and His wisdom. I called this the “Umbrella of the Lord” – one that doesn’t blow away when the fierce winds of life come against us, one that doesn’t move or shake causing raindrops of depression to touch us and one that covers us from our heads down to our toes. With the “Umbrella of the Lord”, we can withstand any storm.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV “A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …”