On a flight from Cincinnati to Tulsa sometime ago, we encountered such severe turbulence that had me wishing I would never need to board another flight in my life. This was in spite of the fact that the pilot had told us in the beginning that we will encounter ”some minor turbulence for a couple of minutes.”
Well, his ‘minor turbulence’ had me scared stiff, while his ‘few minutes’ seemed like eternity.
I thought that plane was going to disintegrate into countless fragments. Everyone around me, though, appeared calm, particularly the stewardess – and I must admit that that did a lot to calm my nerves. Eventually, just as the pilot had said, tranquility returned and the rest of the journey proceeded smoothly.
Life can be very much like that. Sometimes, you’re going along and everything is just fine—business is booming, cash is flowing in, you’re healthy, and everybody just can’t get enough of you.
Then, all of a sudden, you hit some turbulence. Your cash-flow mysteriously dries up. A disease sneaks into your body, or that of a loved one. Your business collapses. Friends betray you. A relationship goes through a storm.
Have you ever been hit by one of life’s sudden storms?
The most torturous aspect of these storms is the sense of panic they stir within you. Your mind tells you, "This is the way it’s always going to be. You’re never going to get well. You are now a total failure. Nobody likes you anymore. The relationship is never going to work out."
If you are in the middle of a storm right now, I’d like to remind you that the Captain of our Faith already told us there’s going to be a little turbulence down the road.
"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
Things may look really bad, but this too shall pass. Like every night and misfortune that’s come before it, and like every other season of storms that’s come and gone, this too shall pass.
God is still on the throne. He knows the tears you cry before they fall. He understands your pain and your fears. He has brought you safe and sound this far, and He’s going to carry you through.
Just because it’s stormy and you feel like panicking, doesn’t mean it’s over. Sooner or later you’re going to come through that turbulence, and it’s going to be even better and more glorious than anything you’ve ever experienced in your life.
The way you fight through is to:
- keep your focus on Jesus.
- Lift your hands up to the sky – Keep singing His praise because praise precedes the victory.
Hold on to God and let Him carry you to the place of safety and peace today. Let His arms of love surround you and take you to the other side.
"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." (Psalms 27:13-14).
Yes. This too shall pass.