Last week it made more sense for me to stay in Pensacola for the weekend and return on my auction journey form Monday through Thursday in Orlando and Tampa. Unfortunately there were predictions of a tropical storm (Karen) and most forecasts were for pretty bad weather. I listened but something told me riding Into The Storm was the right thing to do rather than fearing the outcome. As it turned out, Karen did little damage and fizzled out into a few moments of rain.
Sometimes life leads us into danger, but we must always remember, the Lord is with us, and in fact storms are a significant part of our walk as Christians. If we hold to our faith we are often criticized and led into controversy aside from the normal battles of life, and God teaches us that riding Into The Storm with him can make us stronger, and sharpen our faith. Which led me to write this poem on a plane yesterday while riding through some turbulent weather.
Into The Storm
There are times when we lose ourselves, in the daily grind of making the proverbial grade
We strive to provide, to improve, to succeed, and most of all to just survive, we must get paid
And in those times the light and dark are often intersecting, one moment happy, one moment sad, and not sure why
We want everything to be right, put our faith into action, but often we fail and are left only to cry
Oh Lord I didn't know we'd be headed into a storm, I thought it would be a smoother ride, that would be the norm
Forgive me for thinking that your word was all about joy, but making us think that way, that's the devil's ploy
I found out my Father, that you love us even more, when we ride into the storm with nothing but you
The rest of life comes in second place, unless our faith gets a little black and blue
My God, you are so much more than we could ever be, in us you live for others to see
One day soon, I'll be on my way to meet you, and at that moment I hope you will say
"Well done my son, despite your flaws and the battles you lost, you too have paid the cost
Of following me whether in joy or experiencing pain, when you took me into your storm, heaven was your gain!"
Words from my heart that I hope will comfort you in whatever situation you are in. Sometimes riding Into The Storm isn't such a bad thing!
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.