It had been a beastly week. Temperatures in the upper 90’s, with heat indices in the 115ºF range. Something had to give, and the meteorologists told us that things were going to ‘give’ Saturday night – and they did.
Early Sunday morning, I went outside to survey the property for any damage. We were fortunate; the only things affected were my sunflower plants. You may remember that I had planted them from seeds in my bird feed mix as an experiment. It’s fun to watch them grow, and how their heads are constantly following the sun. In the morning they face the East; in the late afternoon and evening, the West. But on this morning, the one in the picture was severely bent. Not 20 feet away, another plant was bent the other direction.
Weather reports said that we had 60-75 MPH winds in the area, and given the haphazard leaning of the plants, those winds must have also been swirling about ferociously. Yet, those sunflowers are going to make it. Again today they will begin tracking the course of the sun as they recover from the storm.
I’ve never thought of it in this way before, but in a sense Jesus was also a meteorologist. In John 16:33, Christ told us storms were coming, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In fact, right now you are either recovering from a storm, enduring a storm, or about to face one – they are inevitable. But, the teaching of Scripture is that we can endure them with peace because we know that our Redeemer has overcome them all. And in the end, we will stand firm forever in Him!
Facing a storm in your life? Keep your face turned toward the Son knowing you will stand firm in the end. –Dave
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. (Proverb 10:25)
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