Summary: Examining the keys to growing strong through the trials of life.
LIVING ABOVE OUR STORMS
Part #1: How Are You Facing Life’s Difficulties?
We are currently, here in the islands, in what is known as, "Hurricane season". Hurricane or Typhoon season is determined by a study of historical data collected over a period of time on weather patterns in a specific geographical location.
"Where a person is living, will determine when, and how long the hurricane season will be."
For us in the islands, it is from June till November that the Civil Defense marks as the months we are most vulnerable for a Typhoon or Hurricane.
Let us first start off by defining what a spiritual storm really is.
What Is A Spiritual Storm?
Definition: A spiritual storm is a trial, tragedy, or misfortune.
Let me share with you some of my observations about storms:
1. Storms are happening everywhere all over the earth.
All of us experience storms in life. Someone somewhere is experiencing a storm of some sort even now!
2. Storms are a part of life.
No one is exempt from storms, (Even God-loving, God-fearing, God’s favorite Christians are not exempt!).
All of us will experience storms in life.
In 1991, when Hurricane Iniki hit the islands, especially the island of Kauai, one of our Kauai pastors said, "Spiritually speaking, It is not a matter of whether or not an Iniki will come our way, but rather, the question really is, when will the next Iniki come."
3. Storms can come and will come to us in all shapes and sizes.
The Book of James 1:2-4, tells us that trials and temptations come in diver shapes, color, and sizes (Pastor Sid’s paraphrase!).
4. Storms can either make us or break us, depending on how we respond.
Trials, tragedies, and misfortunes can either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block for us depending on our heart’s response.
5. Storms expose areas of weakness or unpreparedness in our lives.
Trials, tragedies, and misfortunes expose our character to surface strength or weakness in our character.
It is not when everything is going well that our true character is revealed but it is when things go wrong.
Trials and difficulties reveal our true character. It is like squeezing a tube of toothpaste. What is really on the inside will eventually ooze out. The greater the pressure, the greater the oozing!
6. Storms can bring good to us, if we have the right attitude and if we prepare ourselves rightly.
In the 1990’s, when forest fires were breaking out all over Southern California, scientists discovered that these fires did bring good to the forestry. They discovered that some of the sicknesses and diseases among the trees and shrubbery, as well as, in some of the animals were eliminated. Storms can in the end bring good.
7. Disaster can be overcome, if we prepare.
Every person can escape the disastrous effects of a storm, if they properly prepare.