Ever had unexpected guests over for Thanksgiving? Yea, that’s Irma. Eating up all the Mac n Cheese.
While it feels like the whole world is trying to suck me into this whirlwind of anxiety (and it just might be working) – I have a couple of musings about storms to help calm my nerves.
- Storms help us gain perspective I feel like it was just a week ago that we were irreparably divided. Politically, racially, and religiously divided. But it’s crazy what a little rain can do to our vision. All of the sudden, our neighbors, who we were called to love regardless of skin color, political party or religion – matter. And it’s weird how it sometimes takes a storm for us to live outside of ourselves. Yeah, I get it. Going through storm are never fun. And the anxiety that comes with it is something I can definitely live without. But if we’re not careful, we’ll miss the lesson in the storm while focusing on the waves.
- You’ll drive yourself insane if you continue obsessing over the things you can’t control. This is the biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2017 and shoutout to my friends at 40Kft for helping me understand this. Did you know that airplanes need to fly above 40,000 feet in order to avoid turbulence? See, that’s the thing. The pilot knows there is nothing he can do, nothing he has learned – that will stop the turbulence. It’s going to happen. But instead of worrying about the circumstances that are shaking things up, the pilot decides to ride above it. He puts himself in a position of elevation, physically and mentally, that stands above any and all rocky situations. Friends, Matthew 6:27 says, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Worrying about what hasn’t even happened yet is not beneficially to you whatsoever. So take a deep breath. [Insert deep breath here] and take your eyes off the storm and focus on Jesus.
- There’s never been a storm I ever regretted going through Regardless of the kind of storm you have been through, we all know that the aftermath almost always sucks. The pain is unbearable. Things are left broken and sometimes irreparable. Lives are changed and we’re left with less than what we started. But reflecting on even the toughest storms I’ve encountered in the last twenty-something years – there is not one storm that has passed that I regret going through. As devastating as they are, there are certain things that can only be cleansed, grown, and improved through these kinds of hardships.
Even though God gives and God takes, there’s one thing I know for certain. There’s nothing God has taken away where He slacked on coming through with the upgrade. Change your perspective and lose the anxiety. We’re all in this together.
Praying for you,