By Sylvia Dickson
I stood at my living room window and watched the storm clouds roll in. Dark gray clouds piled on top of one another and rolled across the sky, pushed by an invisible hand. Lightning flashed, illuminating the heavy drops of rain as the pummeled the driveway and all around. The rush of the water as it fell was both comforting and frightening.
For some people storms come too often in life. Each day is clouded by an event that washes away their joy. Ask someone who has just had a bad experience, How’s your day going? More often than not the answer will be something like terrible, awful, or some other negative description.
I’ve done it. We all have done it, probably. Letting the storms rule will dim the light of Christ or block it out completely. Keeping in mind God’s truth can lessen the effect of our trials and difficulties.
Sometimes one of our students will be really grumpy and feel like his whole world is crashing in. Here’s how our conversation might go:
Hey, Bill. How are things? I ask.
Bad, really bad.
What’s wrong? You don’t feel well? Something happen? I ask.
He answers, I just had a math test. I hate math. I probably failed it. I’ll have to go to tutoring, and can’t go to the game, and fail my sophomore year…
Wait, wait, wait! I exclaim. Take a breath and sit down. Tell me about your computer class.
Bill perks right up. Computer’s awesome!. I’m the top student on keyboarding, and the design software is amazing, and my teacher gives me extra projects…
I respond: So, you’re going to let one thing in your day ruin your whole day? And you don’t even know if you did poorly on your test. Even if you have to go to tutoring, can’t that help you? Your life is not over and not even your day is ruined. You just think part of your day is ruined. OK?
Bill sighs and says, OK. I guess you’re right…Ahh, there’s Greg. Gotta’ go…Hey, Greg! Wait!…Oh yeah, thanks, Mrs. D.
Whew! Storms come and go, but as Lil’ Orphan Annie sang, The sun will come out tomorrow…”
Philippians 4:6-7—Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.