I woke up early recently due to a very loud thunderstorm rumbling through my area. It upset me that I lost a couple of hours of sleep because of all the lightning flashing and the loud claps of thunder which occurred every few minutes. But a robin in a nearby tree outside my bedroom served as a reminder to me that I should look past the storm itself and look forward to what was on the other side of it.
The robin was just happily chirping its heart out in the midst of all the lightning, thunder, and rain. Why? Because it was excited about what was just ahead for it because of that storm. It was happy that a feast of earthworms was on the way that would provide nourishment which in turn would help it get through the day and possibly feed its family. God used that robin to remind me that although thunderstorms of life can bring setbacks, disappointments, loss, and grief, he can work it out for my good if I keep in mind he’s right there with me in the midst of it to see me through to the other side of it.
It took me back to the story in Acts when Paul had been arrested and was on a ship headed to Rome for his trial (Acts 27). They ran into severe weather along the way, but Paul was encouraged that everything would turn out fine when he was visited by an angel one night who promised that if everyone stayed aboard the ship, no one would die. Everyone made it to shore safely after they suffered the loss of the ship and the cargo aboard it and their survival gave witness that God is real and keeps his word and gave Paul the opportunity to preach the gospel to the natives on the island of Malta (Melita) (Acts 28) who also witnessed a miracle when a poisonous serpent bit Paul but he didn’t get sick or die.
Additionally, I came across this devotional that highlights how believers in Jesus should handle storms that come their way– “How to Find Truth in the Midst of Turbulent Feelings” by Whitney Hopler.
Harry A. Gaylord