It’s easy to say “the grass is greener on the other side”, or any other words of encouragement to those going through a storm. But, it’s entirely different when you’re the one going through the storm. For those — like myself right now — who are in the middle of a storm that just doesn’t seem to have an end, let me share with you some advice a good friend of mine told me. “God is already at the other side.” Even though that seems like another cliche quote, it is the truth. But how can we stay confident in this truth? Get ready for another cliche: Read the Bible.
BE IN THE WORD
Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illuminate my path.” (NET)
One of biggest obstacles during my storm is my desire to see the big picture. I know that He is on the other side of this storm, but I still selfishly want to be there with Him, knowing how this storm is going to influence my life; and, if I’m being honest, what the outcome is, and if it will fit in my plan. But when I came across this verse I began to realize something: God doesn’t work like that. But, if we stay in His Word, if we continually seek His Word, His Wisdom, and His Teachings; He will reveal something to us in the midst of our storm—our next step.
HIS “WORD IS A LAMP TO WALK BY...”.
Don’t try to rush the storm. As much as I know I want to right now, I also know that I will miss the lesson I’m being taught, or the relationships I’m supposed to make. We must walk through our storms, staying connected to our brothers and sisters in Christ, AND staying connected to God through His Word.
“...AND A LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE MY PATH”.
This light is not meant to give us specific results of our specific trials. Rather, it’s meant to show us the way through. It’s not meant to give us the destination, but the path we must travel if we are going to stay true to God’s Will. Trust me, I know that’s hard to hear. It’s even harder to write, as I think about what that implies. I can’t see what’s coming up next in this storm. But I do know that if I stick to His Word, my path will be lit, one step at a time.
I assume at this point your going “Yeah that’s great for you and all, but how do I get there, how do I stay there, how do I reply when my sinful heart yearns for the big picture?” Some big things I have learned to do are:
- Read, even if it’s just one chapter a day, read. Even when you’ve missed your reading for a week or two (or longer) try. Put the effort in.
- Get someone who will hold you to your goals, and keep you accountable.
- Keep a Prayer Journal. Even if they are as simple as “Lord, let me make it to work on time.” And, write down the answers as they come. When you look back, you’ll be able to see how God really is on the other side of our storms.
I’m not saying any of this is easy, or that you won’t fail. You’re going to; I’m going to. And as cliche as it may be, He’s already there, at the end of our storms, at the end of our lives, and at the end of this world, waiting for us with open arms.