By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.”
I still remember the first time I saw a tornado.
I was this California boy really scared of extreme weather staying at a home in Oklahoma before I was to speak at a local Baptist College. This pastor, his family, and another guy traveling with me were with me at the dinner table when we heard, “Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!” The thunder outside sounded like bombs falling. But when I looked around, I could see that nobody else was even paying attention. Then all of a sudden, the thunder stopped. That’s when the pastor looked up and said, “Uh oh.” He went outside to check out the situation and came back in saying, “You know what, don’t worry about it. There isn’t going to be any tornado.” Tornado? “There are no sirens.” Then, almost as if on cue, the siren sounded its alarm and a cop car flew by down the road as the wind howled. Then, what do we three wise gentlemen do? We walk out onto the porch to watch the tornado, a little finger of spinning wind and debris moving quickly, whirling off into the distance eventually to disappear.
But my host wasn’t afraid of the tornado and he wasn’t afraid of the storm. Why? I discovered it was because he was prepared. We might say that he anticipated the rains a-coming, the winds a-blowing, the streams a-rising. And because, as an Oklahoman, he was ready for it, his stuff wasn’t destroyed, his house wasn’t thrashed, and his life was not in danger because he was ready for the storm.
What does it mean to build your life in a storm? It’s very simple. Building your life in the storm means that you do what Jesus tells you to do.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to prepare for all of life’s storms through your word and witness in the life of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Reflection: How has the life and love of Christ helped you to weather life’s storms?