Surviving the Tornadoes of Life
As we continue this month on Preserver, I want to talk from the topic of "Surviving the Tornadoes of Life."
We will, we have, and some may be experiencing a tornado-like situation right now. When you think about a tornado, you think of destruction, desolation, terror, fear, and so many other horrible effects of a storm that can have speeds up to 300 mph and cause damage for as long as 50 miles.
Tornadoes- "A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground and is often—although not always—visible as a funnel cloud. Lightening and hail are common in thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. Tornadoes cause extensive damage to structures and disrupt transportation, power, water, gas, communications, and other services in its direct path and in neighboring areas" (https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes).
In life, Tornadoes come in many different forms: health conditions, marital problems, difficulty raising children, financial problems, relationship breakdowns, job pressures, unemployment, making bad choices, and so much more. How do you survive? How do you make it out of these situations alive? Will you allow it to destroy who you are? Are you determined to make it out of the storm alive? Are you going to make that storm a testimony or allow it be the end of your story?
A Dream I'll Never Forget:
I remember two instances in 2016 where God gave me dreams of tornadoes. In the first dream, I was in the car with my husband, and he was driving. All of a sudden we were trying to maneuver around a highway filled with tornadoes. In the dream it was terrifying, and I can remember trying to help my husband get around them so we could be safe. Then all of a sudden we went up a hill and everything was peaceful, and the sky was bright and arrayed with many colors. I woke up in awe of the dream. That year, my husband and I experienced some major challenges, but in the end with prayer, the Word, and faith, we made it through to the other side. Although there was damage done, we ended up in a place far better than where we started. Life's tornadoes can become your testimony. Where there could have been irreconcilable damage, God allowed something beautiful to bud instead.
I believe God wants to do that in all of our lives!
Jesus Speaks to the the Storm:
Mark 4:39, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." This verse comes from the instance where Jesus is asleep on the boat when a storm arises. The disciples are on the boat terrified, and they go and wake up Jesus. Jesus gets up and commands the storm to cease, and the only response the storm can have is to obey. Do you know that Jesus is with you? Do you really understand the power that walks with you everyday? You can persevere through even the most difficult circumstances when you know who is with you. Then, not only is Jesus on board with you, but Jesus has given you authority as well. You do not have to allow the storm to continue to beat up on you. You can tell the storm, "Peace, be still."
Storms are Necessary:
Although God has given you power and will come to your rescue, this does not mean that storms will not come. Storms are necessary because they help to build you, teach you, strengthen you, and cause you to birth something new! Do you know that although tornadoes cause damage, they are sometimes accompanied by rain? In the natural, when rain is on the ground, it causes growth. In the spring and summer, when most tornadoes hit ground, is the same time where we see the budding of flowers, the growth of grass, and the harvest of fields. Therefore, although the storm maybe undesirable, it is necessary for you, your relationships, your family, your mindset, and so much more. You get to see God move. You get to receive a new revelation of relationship with God despite challenges. You get to experience new victories.
How do you survive?:
1. Prayer- Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
2. Fasting- Isaiah 58:6, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness,To undo the heavy burdens,To let the oppressed go free,And that you break every yoke?"
3. Study God's Word- Psalms 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
4. Trust God Completely- Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path."
Surviving of the tornadoes of this life not only puts us in a position to come out victoriously right now, but it puts us in position to live with God eternally.
- James 1:12, "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
The winds won't break you. The thunder won't cause you to cower in terror. The lightening won't kill you. The funnel won't consume you. You are going to make it over to the other side! PERSEVERE!!!