We thank God that things were not nearly as bad as expected with recent Hurricane Matthew. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti and others closer to home impacted by this bad weather. Which brings up a point, nothing can stop a Hurricane except the mighty power and grace of God himself.
Last week we experienced a major change in personnel at our dealerships (Hyundai & Toyota) which amounted to our own internal Hurricane. Things were turned upside down by firings and resignations. Those of us left have been grasping for the end of the storm for over a week and we are counting our losses, finally ready to move forward.
When things like this in life occur, we are often dazed, confused and looking for answers. Think of the people in Florida who one day gaze out at the incredible sunset and calm waters of an ocean retirement villa only to be three feet deep in water in their living room the next day. Seemingly all is lost.
Yet we all know the story of Jesus calming the storm when his disciples were scared, so we can call on our faith in the storm stopper with confidence that the severe weather will subside.
But if we are under the illusion that a Hurricane will never come, we could be devastated by its ferocity. Think of the apostles and others who have experienced great persecution for their faith, certainly they knew where their faith would lead them, not into the dining rooms of comfortable folks or the speakers podium at a conference, but instead directly into the eye of the storm.
The key for us is that no matter how much destruction our lives experience, never give up. When the disciples awoke him they asked a question we might also ask, "Don't you care if we drown?". His response, to calm the storm, and ask a question in return that we all have to answer when our lives are rocked by a Hurricane.
"Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
We never quit because we know that in the end, we win. We never quit because Jesus did not jump off the cross when it became agonizingly difficult. We may stagger around for awhile, but we never quit because he is the only one in recorded history to calm a violent storm.
To Him, a Hurricane is just another wind that blows toward heaven!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.