As I listen to distant thunder and watch the black clouds roll in, I wait for the storm. It’s summertime in Florida, and Floridians know something about storms. Blinding rains. Hurricanes. Floods. Even tornadoes.
We are the lightening capital of the world. Thunderstorms crash out one window and the sun shines brilliant through another. Yes. Storms. I know something about storms.
The rains begin to pour and water pools in my back yard under the heavy deluge. And then I shake my head. How does one prepare for a flood?
Noah knew nothing about storms. But he knew God. Having never experienced rain, Noah followed the instructions of his Creator and built an ark—a shelter. He spent over a hundred years, board by rough board, constructing the protection that would bring his family through the flood.
The storms of life will come. Some will spring upon us in seconds while others can be seen coming from a distance. Our ability to survive the blinding rains is dependent upon our preparation and where we run for cover.
During hurricane season here in the south you don’t have to look far for a survival guide—a list of instructions to prepare you for those massive rotating circles of clouds with their angry eyes. Shelves are emptied of batteries, water, canned food, and plywood in the face of coming hurricanes. We prepare as best we can.
But readying ourselves for the storms of life can only happen if we draw close to our Creator. Knowing Him. Knowing His goodness. Knowing how He has carried us through other stormy seasons. We prepare for life’s storms by strengthening the foundation of our relationship with our Lord.
Noah prepared over a hundred years for the biggest storm of his life. He daily walked with God, readying his heart and his resolve. Noah would have to stand in the rain. He knew he couldn’t do it alone. Neither can we.
We must cling to our Jesus as we walk through our days.
And when the rains come? When the sheets of water fall fast and hard, blinding us? We run for shelter. And like Noah, our shelter must be in the cleft of the Rock.
“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with its turmoil.” Psalm 46:1-3
We will face storms. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. We will get soaked. The floods will rise. Debris and damage will wound us. The pain will be real. But when we cling tight to our Jesus, we will survive. We will stand in the rain.
“We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Sitting home, the afternoon rains have come. I sip the rich espresso roast and listen to the hard rain pouring onto the earth. The air rumbles as lightening runs across the sky. But I’m safe. Standing in the rain.