"Now on one of those days Jesus and his disciples got into a boat, and he said to them, 'Let us go over to the other side of the lake.' So they launched out. But as they were sailing along he fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke him up, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' And he got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And he said to them, 'Where is your faith?' They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, 'Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?'" (Luke 8:22-25)
Sometimes your best days come after your worst. In one particularly discouraging time, I was waiting to hear the results of a game. When I got the call, there had just been a rainstorm outside, but the clouds were clearing and the world seemed even more vibrant than before. The grass looked greener, the sun seemed to shine brighter, and everything had that beauty that comes after a storm. I remember noticing this for a brief moment right before the phone rang. It was Blake, telling me that the game had gone amazingly. He had dominated on the mound.
Only the day before, he had been frustrated and confused, and now he was victorious and hopeful.
It makes me think of all of the storms we couldn’t see the other side of at the time: When Blake was injured in high school at what seemed like the worst time, but when drafting day came, he was healthy and ready for his career in professional baseball to begin. When we thought that we were going to have to move our wedding because of a few remaining college courses, but we were wed in January and I was given a job that provided enough for us and allowed me to spend Spring Training with him.
There are so many circumstances in our lives and the lives of people we have the privilege of knowing that looked bad at first, but were turned around for good. I’m sure you can think of many in your own life as well. God is a Master at making things beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3).
Whatever you are going through, put your hand in the hand of the God Who can see over your mountains and past your storms because sometimes, on the other side of the storm, the beauty in His plan is even more evident than before.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you have a plan for me and that I can depend on you to work that plan out in my life. Thank you that your voice can calm every storm, your peace is stronger than any fear, and your power can break every chain that holds us back from you. Please help us to focus on you instead of the waves and have faith that you can handle what we cannot because where we are weak, you are so very strong.
Suggested Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, Psalm 46