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When tossed about by winds and waves it’s hard to keep your composure.

How do you keep your composure when the wind and waves are tossing you and around you back and forth and up and down? Not many of us live on or use ships in our day to day lives. It’s a metaphor to describe things that are beyond your control in life. What are your storms and how do you weather them?

Storms can be a sudden diagnosis of a critical illness for a loved one. It causes incredible change to daily rhythm of your lives and future plans. Your plans for the next steps for life hang on the latest words from the doctors you visit. They are busy. They are healing many people. Their time is in demand. It takes time for treatments to work and new paths to be determined.

Storms can be a sudden career change or a loss of an opportunity. These can come from economic winds of change to your industry or city. This change will cause incredible change to the daily rhythm of your lives and future plans. Resumes are dusted off and cover letters are written. Headhunters and recruiters call to determine if you’re a fit for their clients. Clients determine whether you a fit for their company and try to time the hire to their schedules. You hang on every word they say. They are busy. They have meetings to hold and plans to discuss. Their time is in demand. It takes time to see what will work and be a good fit. New paths are forged and planned.

Storms can be sudden changes in your relationships. These can come when a person changes their mind about what they want in life and who they want to spend it with. It will bring incredible change to the daily rhythm of your life and future plans. The relationship will redefine you in many other relationships also. You hang on every word to know what to expect and how to plan. They are busy. They have places to go. It takes time to reshape your views of yourself and what your future plans will be. New plans will come and new paths will be explored.

During the storms of life where do you look? Outward? Inward? Upward? Downward?

You need to make a habit of looking upward.

Isaiah 40:26 tells us to “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Is it easy or hard to lift your eyes to the hills or heaven? Is it easy or hard to seek the Lord in the midst of your storm? I don’t know. But I do know it’s not our natural instinct. It takes practice. We need to make a habit of seeking the Lord in our lives and asking him what our plans should be and what our next steps should be.

King David was ruled Israel. He made plans to build God’s temple. God changed his plans. He said someone else would be building it. David spent the rest of his years collecting the materials for the temple.

1 Chronicles 28:2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

When this happens we can become bitter or blessed. We can choose to accept what God has chosen in our lives or we can resist it. Resisting can be painful.

 Choosing to trust in the midst of the storm is hard. It is necessary for our spiritual growth and future plans. We can’t see though the storms like God can. It requires trust.

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