Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33 NIV
A severe rainstorm approached our town like a threatening and uninvited houseguest. The media warned us to prepare, so my husband cleaned our rain gutters and stored our lawn furniture. I gathered flashlights and bottled water. At dawn, we awoke to wind gusting through the trees as a downpour hammered the ground. But because we had prepared, we were able to face the storm with less anxiety.
Life is full of times of preparation. We prepare for school exams and job promotions. We prepare for a baby to be born, for retirement, and yes, even for harsh weather. Should we not then prepare our minds and spirits for life’s inevitable personal storms?When we faithfully read the Bible and pray, we prepare spiritually for the storms of life.
This may sound simple, but such disciplines help us to know God’s character more deeply so that when trials occur, we won’t feel overwhelmed and question God’s goodness. Instead, because of our intimacy with God, we will know that God is ever-present in any storm. And we can know God’s peace through it all. –Karen Foster