“Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, ‘Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.'” – Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China
We had a pretty serious wind storm here in Columbia MD yesterday. It was no hurricane, no tornado, but the wind was pretty violent. So violent that it picked my deck umbrella and table up and chucked ’em off the deck onto the ground below; shattering the glass top of the table.
In the long run, it is a small matter, but it does serve as a nice reminder that the storms will come. As Vince Lombardi noted, “it’s not whether you get knocked down, but whether you get back up.”
The storms will come. Where do you turn in the time of adversity? Family? Church? Friends? God? Government? Yourself?
In the parable of the house built on the rock, the Lord tells us that the storms of life beat against the house, but it withstood the punishment. The house was allegorical for the man who heard the words of the Lord and did them. That if you given over your life in committment to the Lord, committment to His Lordship, then the storms would not overthrow you (though they will still come).
He also tells us that none of these storms, none of the difficulties of life, no powers or principalities, or any other thing can pluck us from His hand. This is comforting news indeed.
I don’t know what storms your facing tonight. I don’t know what storms will greet you in the morning. I don’t know what storms face this country and this world as we move forward. But I do know that there will be storms. I do know that the Lord is sovereign over them all. Whether emotional, financial, or physical, He is the basis of surviving the storms.
As for my table, it will have to be replaced. I’ll need to go pick up the glass shards and table fragments and get them to the dump. Come spring time I’ll go purchase another table and another umbrella. Sometimes the storms do cause damage or leave scars. But hope comes in the morning…