The Storms of Life
Life is hard and if anyone says otherwise their lying. No matter your age, skin color, social status or finances we all are faced with trials and struggles in our lives. The last couple of months at our house have been a complete whirlwind. Our vehicles have broken down, refrigerator gone out, hot water tank not working, kids have been sick, husband is sick and I could go on. Sound familiar? I am sure your house has experienced the same. During these times of chaos, I am reminded of Psalm 46:10a “Be still and know that I am God” and Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
These verses took on a whole new meaning this past weekend. We have all been under the weather and still recovering from our family having mono this past summer. Our youngest son had it quite severe and was in and out of the hospital because of it. Anyway, as we all are finally getting back to normal my husband begins to fall ill. My husband, James, has Crohn’s disease and was diagnosed about 14 years ago. It is nothing new for us to make trips to the ER every once in awhile, so my husband can get fluids and steroids for his dehydration and inflammation. He is one of the few patients that has Crohn’s in his upper and lower intestines, as well as his stomach. Thankfully, he has been off all medications for the last few years. We try to control his Crohn’s with diet, supplements, and oils. No matter what we try to do there are times he needs the doctor. So, when my husband starts getting sick he gets the high fever, convulsions, and severe pain. He also seems to procrastinate and wait it out for up to a week, still going to work and doing daily tasks, all while being ill. By the grace of God, I convinced him by the 3rd day to go to the ER and get pumped with fluids. Our stay is always about 4 to 5 hours and then we are released. He feels like a new man and I am less stressed. This time was different. I took James to the ER on Saturday and he had taken a turn for the worse. The staff at the hospital gets him hooked up to an IV, and take him to do a CT scan. Before I knew it, our “normal” ER stay turned into James being transferred by ambulance to the city hospital. There they admitted him to a room and they begin high dosages of antibiotics, steroids, and fluids. Apparently, he was close to being septic because of the infection and blockage he had. I am so grateful for the power of prayer and God’s protection over us.
When we are faced with these storms God reminds me that He is in control. My faith has grown over the years with the trials that we have faced but most of all I have realized that my faith means complete dependence on my Heavenly Father. When He says “Be still and know that I am God,” that’s exactly what He expects from me. To come humbly before His throne knowing that without Him I would not exist. That I am here as His servant and not my own. His plan is better than my plan. Most of all, to remember that I serve a King that controls the universe and beyond and he cares about the storms I face. I am thankful that God allowed James to be released from the hospital feeling renewed and only lacking energy. It is His strength that renews us each day.
If you are facing a storm in your life, whether it’s an illness or disease, job loss, financial crisis, loss of a loved one, marriage problems, miscarriage, remember that God is in control. When our sail is torn and the wind and rain surround us, God is still our anchor and He can calm any storm. Rest your mind with the verse from Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.