I can remember the calmest day I’ve ever seen in my life. I remember this day because it came after the worst storm I have ever experienced.
I grew up 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, and we had two things: corn and tornados. For some crazy reason, I decided to go to college in Pensacola, Florida. I packed my bags and headed South in the Fall of 1995. Two months later, Hurricane Opal hit Pensacola. I lived my entire life in tornado country and less than two months after moving from home, I get hit by a category 4 hurricane!
Some guys have all the luck.
For about 14 hours, 80 guys were crammed into the hallway on our dorm’s floor. It pretty much sucked. But outside, the storm was raging. A few weeks later, I went down to Pensacola Beach, and it was a devastated. They used heavy machinery to pile up the pavement and other debris. The piles were at least 15-20 feet high for as long as you could see. This was a serious storm, and I had never seen anything like it.
As bad as the storm was, as an 18-year-old kid in his first semester of college, I only had one thought on my mind… No classes tomorrow! I was looking forward to an extra day off to do whatever I wanted to do.
But the “no class” announcement never came. Actually, all classes were scheduled, even my first period P.E. class (I was a freshman!). I was not happy about it. The field was going to be soggy, and it was going to be a crappy day.
Then I walked outside.
The day after that storm was the calmest day I had ever seen in my life.
It was so odd, I just stopped and looked around for a minute. The clay and sand had soaked up all of the water. A hurricane had come through less than 8 hours before, and I couldn’t find a single puddle. But the sky was the thing that really got to me. For as long as I could see, there wasn’t one cloud. I later learned that a hurricane will suck up every bad weather system around it. So, once the storm has passed, there is nothing but calm.
I had just gone through the worst storm of my life, and now I was experiencing the calmest day I could remember.
What Storms Are You Going Through?
We all have storms in life, don’t we? Some are small little rain storms that pass quickly. Others are category 4 hurricanes that change our lives forever. For me, I have experienced a lot of storms in my life. I’ve been divorced. I’ve lost my dad. I’ve gone bankrupt.
I don’t know where you are in life. Maybe you are struggling in your marriage, wondering if it’s going to work out. Maybe your job is unstable. Maybe you’ve experienced some serious health issues or lost a loved one.
But I do know this. After the worst storms in our lives, God brings the dawn. He brings peace and calm after tragedy strikes. This is how David said it in Psalms:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. -Psalm 34:17-19
Are you experiencing some troubles? Does your spirit feel crushed? No matter where you are at today, take comfort in the fact that God is watching. Even if you think He is distant, He knows what you are going through, and He’ll bring the peace that comes after the storm.
You may be going through one of the worst storms of your life. But the strongest storms bring the calmest mornings.
If you are going through a rough time, let me pray for you. Feel free to share your storm in the comments below or email me if it is private. firstname.lastname@example.org
I promise to pray over every person that shares their struggle with me.