Have you ever felt like you weren’t going to make it?
Things were okay and then one day a hurricane comes up out of nowhere and smacks you down. Suddenly, your little boat is whirling and tumbling through monstrous waves, each bigger than the last. The wind roars, the rain is blinding, and you’re afraid of drowning.
These hurricanes could be anything in life. Maybe it’s the loss of a loved one, financial problems, depression, tension at home, or even seemingly unanswered prayers that make you think,
“Lord, what am I even doing?”
When we’re caught up in a storm that rough, we have a choice: we can either try to use our tiny little cups to bail out water from our boat, in a vain attempt to stay afloat; or we can turn our eyes to the One whom even the wind and the waves obey.
I’ve tried that little cup route, and believe me, it always fails. That little cup represents me trying to take care of things in my own strength. I can’t rescue myself. No matter how much I tell myself to “work harder” or “be better,” my pitiful attempts won’t do me any good. In fact, sometimes I feel it makes my boat sink faster. So what can I do instead?
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. | Philippians 4:4-7
Now, Paul didn’t write these words at a high point in his career. He wrote them while being held prisoner in Rome. Without freedom and without a timeline for his release, Paul still encouraged the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord.
re·joice: to delight in; exaltation
ex·al·ta·tion: to elevate
When I try to bail myself out, I make the STORM bigger than my SAVIOR. I fail to elevate Him to His rightful place – King of all kings, Lord of all lords. He is greater than any storm I’ll ever face. Not only that, but when I delight in the Lord, I can bring my little cup to Him and say,
“Here Lord, I know that I can’t take care of this.
I want to give it to You.”
I know that my Savior cares about the aches of my heart. He sees the tears that slip out when I’m alone. He hears me when I cry out in the dark. And in bringing these requests before His throne, there is a peace “which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) – peace in knowing that He is in control and that I can rest in Him, peace in knowing
Christ IS enough.
Such a burden is lifted when I don’t have to worry about “working harder” or “doing better.” It’s like being in the eye of the hurricane. The storms seem to quiet when I remember that it is His strength that will get me through. Does that mean an end to the hurricanes of life? Of course not. But it does mean that I don’t have to go through them alone and