Last week this time, we were in the path of Cyclone Dineo. The news was full of images testifying to the wrath of the storm. It looked bad. Considering that I have never been in a cyclone before, I lacked fear and wondered how bad it would be. I realised that this new house in the bush has never seen a cyclone before either, and I wondered how it would stand up to what I had seen on the news.
Our old house, perched on the end of a hill, about 800m from the ocean could handle a storm. In the 26 years that I lived there, it never flinched when wind and rain storms mercilessly lashed the coast. It was around 120 years old – a champion of meteorological and emotional storms. Many had found refuge there over the years. Now, in this little house of sunshine and happiness in the heart of the African bush, we waited to be tested.
Battening Down The Hatches
As we followed a list of precautions, I realised it didn’t matter if our house was storm proof or not. It occurred to me that we cannot put our trust in houses and people – for they are fallible. In truth, they are the reason we fear storms in the first place. So, why, I wondered calmly, was I not more stressed in the face of a cyclone, in a house that has never seen severe storms?
The answer washed over me like a wave of truth. The One who holds my life in His hands is stormproof. He is the creator and master of storms. I may not always understand why He allows the storms, or the devastation that ensues. But, I know this – He has a plan for my life, and He loves me. As I look back on the storms I have weathered, I see His mercy. I see the grace that has washed over me and kept me afloat amidst the figurative wreckage of my life’s storms. I see His unfailing love and wisdom in the change that was born in those storms.
In the end, Dineo exhausted itself before it hit us. It brought only the blessing of rain. But for me, it also brought the blessing of assurance – my Heavenly Father is the God of the storm. I may not come out unscathed, but I can trust in His unfailing love. I don’t know what you believe today, and I am not trying to convert you. However, if you are facing a storm today, the truth of the God of the storm will resonate in your spirit if this message is for you.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2.