To celebrate the release of my friend Cheryl Ricker's new gift book, A Friend in the Storm, I'm posting a three-part series over three weeks called "Through the Storm." Leave a comment on any of the posts, and I'll enter your name in a drawing to win a copy of this lovely little book. A Friend in the Storm combines uplifting quotes, Bible verses, tasteful illustrations, and Cheryl's beautiful poetry to comfort someone going through hard times and point them to the best Friend ever.
I forgot to mention in my post last week - in your comment, be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
Through the Storm, Part 2
Storms in life are inevitable. They pound you, wear you down, toss you around, and threaten to drown you. The apostle Paul faced many life storms before facing a literal storm at sea in Acts 27. Paul's experience offers more than a thrilling sea adventure - it offers practical principles for dealing with the storms of life.
4) Do not fear
Paul told his shipmates, "'Keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed'" (Acts 27:22). Storms may batter you, change your world - and even kill you - but your eternal life is safe in Jesus' hands. You are His beloved child. You will not be lost.
"They...prayed for daylight" (Acts 27:29). By all means, pray for an end to the storm. Pray for God's light to shine in the darkness. Pray for wisdom and comfort and healing and strength and courage. Our all-knowing God is the only source of wisdom. He is the God of all Comfort. He is the Great Physician. He is almighty. His perfect love drives out all fear. No storm can rip God from your side. Cling to Him.
6) Stick together
In Acts 27:30-32, the sailors conspire to abandon ship and let the passengers perish, but Paul says, "'Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.'" Lightening your load during the storm is vital, but resist the temptation to discard worship, small groups, and time with friends. You need support and prayer. Isolation only adds to stress and depression.
Next week, I'll share more thoughts from Paul's storm at sea. What practical advice do you have for someone facing a storm?