I love thunderstorms. I love to sit on my porch and feel the wind. Smell the rain. Hear the boom of the thunder.

I don’t, however, like the storms that tend to rage in this life. Those that create fear. Cause chaos. Leave us wondering if we will get through.

Asking God, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25)

It was as I read this verse for the third time in less than a week. In the midst of a storm. Telling my husband, “Look! Here it is again!” That he uttered these words: “Yes. But sometimes He doesn’t get rid of the storm.”

And it’s true. Sometimes He just doesn’t.

And we become discouraged when we don’t see Him still the wind and waves in our lives. Because Jesus’ rebuke to the wind and waves to “Quiet! Be still!” It also is a rebuke to us. A rebuke to our fears. A rebuke to surrender.

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

To rebuke our lack of faith.

Yes. Sometimes he doesn’t get rid of the storm.

Because He uses it. To grow and test our faith. To show you how to surrender to God. To give you peace. The kind that gave Jesus the calm to sleep through a storm.

Our storms are for a greater purpose, as well. One that many times may have nothing to do with us.

So you can be an example to someone else. Show someone else how to have faith. Surrender. Show them peace.

To help someone else when their storm rages anyway.

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