STORMS Part 1
There is something about saying yes to a dream or a calling that also causes you to say yes to storms.
I have a friend who told me the other day that it was a dream of his to learn to play the guitar. The picture of himself on a mountain top with just he and God, worshiping as he strummed that instrument was so inviting that he began the learning process. He soon found out that the learning process is not so dreamy. There were blisters, finger cramps, many things to memorize, and coordination that had to be learned. Then there is the learning curve involved when you sing and play at the same time. Dreamy? No. Fulfilling? Yes!
What makes a sailor good? Why do people aspire to sail? The sailor has learned to propel his boat forward making use of the violent winds that attempt to destroy his ship. He learns the ebb and flow of the tides to time his departures and arrivals. He masters the waves and troughs by constant encounters with the sea and it’s fury, and with each experience he learns how to utilize his strengths, knowledge, and his the unique design and build of his boat to navigate his course. He must encounter storms. He must navigate the waves. He cannot be a sailor without that experience. Storms are an essential ingredient to his dream.
When God gives us a dream, He brings fulfillment in it. Sometimes we lose sight of the dream or calling when we are locked in the fog. Sometimes we are disillusioned when the rain is pouring. Yet there is something about that dream or calling that beckons us through the awkwardness and embarrassments, through the mishaps and misunderstandings, through the pain and the feelings of failure. These “storms” are essential to the making of a dream and the making of a man/woman.
Others will look at you living your dream and say, “I want to be like that!” What they have yet to know is that the moment they step out to follow that dream they are going to face storms. Jesus said “In this life you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33. God has also promised us that “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
If you are in a storm “Hold on!” This isn’t all there is. There is a calling and a dream being formed in you. And as sure as storms come, they also go. May God give you peace as you weather the storms.