EVERYBODY’S GOT TO GO THRU A STORM
Do you ever feel like nothing’s going right in your world? Ever have the feeling you’re rowing a big boat all on your own, with only one oar, and it’s the left one, and you’re right-handed? Well, tonight, as I sit trying to find words to finish a chapter in my next book, those are my feelings. And although I’m not at all comfortable in these feelings, I know that we all must go thru them. I call them STORMS. Why? Because they’re sometimes very rocky, turbulent, causing you to feel as if you’re being tossed about on a great big ocean, with high winds and heavy rains. A storm.
Earlier I did feel something brewing. It was the calm before the storm. I can recall sitting on my back porch (which is something I never do…so that should have been a sign), pen and paper in my lap, staring straight out into the world. No thoughts. No words for that paper and no action for that pen. Nothing. I just sat there, taking in the peace and the quiet, wondering why IT WAS. It’s never that quiet. Never that peaceful. At least not here. Not with me. Not in my thoughts. So, I knew that something was coming, and I felt it would be something BIG! Even the dog paced the yard as if he was afraid of some impending doom. He knew. Dogs know. Don’t they?
As I rose from my chair, forgetting pen and paper that had been cradled in my lap, the pen hit the deck with a thud so loud, it made me snap out of whatever daze I had been in. The sheet of paper held on as it was tossed to and fro by the wind. Even it was in a storm and I couldn’t save it, as it fluttered over my fence into a neighboring yard. Wait…did I just say I couldn’t save the piece of paper being tossed by the wind? I can’t save me from my own storm, how could I possibly begin to think of saving something or someone else from theirs?! OK, scratch that thought.
Now, I remember a long time ago reading something that said “when you’re in a storm (such as the one I feel myself in now), you must do NOTHING. This is what’s called a “GOD JOB”. It is the time when he will come in and take your hand and walk you right thru that storm and all you have to do is simply WAIT! Wait on the Master. Wait until you feel his presence, AND wait for that new-found peace to wash over you. But until then, YOU.DO.NOTHING! You sit. You stare. You don’t speak. You don’t move. Be still. And whatever your storm, no matter how tumultuous, he will bring you right through it. You wait. Sometimes you may not even know the source of your storm, but you feel a stirring deep down, in your deepest place and you know YOU’RE GOING THRU at that moment. GOD swoops right in and gives you peace at that moment when you’re understanding is beyond any comprehension. You wait.
And so as I waited, I realized “everybody’s got to go thru a storm” at some point in their lives. Whether it’s mourning the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, wondering how you’re going to put food on the table for your family, a divorce, a Cancer diagnosis, fear in your mind, mental illness, a loss of a child (now that’s a major storm, all in itself)…whatever the disruption in your life ( aka THE STORM), it is inevitable. Everybody’s got to go thru one.
When your storm hits (and it will, sometimes several times during the course of your one lifetime), remember… that’s a GOD JOB. That’s the time YOU.DO.NOTHING. You sit. You stare. You don’t speak. You don’t move. Be still. And whatever your storm, no matter how tumultuous, he will bring you right through it. You wait.
My storm is over now, and although I knew not the source, I heeded that advice which I’d read so long ago. I sat. I was still. I.DID.NOTHING. And when I felt myself at the threshold of my storm, when my chest heaved so high after that last tear fell, all of a sudden, there was peace, and I knew that at that moment, GOD had taken my hand and he was walking me right on thru. I’m back at my computer now and there are words for a NEW piece of paper and there is action for that same pen. My head is clear and I can see the end of yet another chapter.
Are you in the midst of a storm now? Just wait. It’ll all be over very soon.