2016-07-06 - Calm Follows the Storm
If you have ever heard the phrase “calm before the storm,” then I would suggest I have seen the calm following the storm on many occasions. One reason, in the literal sense, is that when it’s over and aftermath is faced, then there is often nothing left to do but pause and regroup before starting over. Sometimes, starting over is about the physical reconstruction of stuff and other times the storm is wrapped up in a more temporal place called grief. I guess what I am saying, is that to me the calm in the storm context is what exists before the actual losses begin. Sometimes losses are blatantly obvious, in the literal form of thunderstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes or famine, plagues and other physical illnesses. Other times, loss is less easy to see in the broken hearts left in a storm’s wake.
The kind of calm I am speaking of personally is not one we see in the world around us, generally. Jesus caused the seas to calm, by the mere speaking of the words “Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26) And even though Jesus was frustrated that his disciples were not trusting as they should, and they were being panicked by the storm, he still protected them and continued to teach them. There were more storms to come, and he knew they would need to be ready to face them again.
So grief, by definition of grief as per example in dictionary.com, “keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.” is what Jesus faced in his life on earth on many occasions, which included the storm on the boat with his disciples. And it is because Jesus experienced what we do, that he is best suited to walk with us through our own trials and tribulations, in our lives here on earth. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Our trials can be things that come upon us quickly, or they can be things we face over a period of time. While grief can look very different, in each of those cases, the end result can be a peace that passes all understanding when we lean on Jesus, who is also our calm in the storm, after the storm and before the next storm. And some day, we will not have more storms, tears or frightful things that can separate us from our Father. He washes it all away including our tears. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted