Last updated: July 17. 2014 9:37AM - 160 Views
By Becky Spell Vann Contributing columnist



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Do you face storms fearfully or faithfully? Summer thunderstorms terrorize with lightning bolts and blasts of thunder that send the bravest souls scurrying for cover. With hurricane season now upon us, forecasters will sound the alarm as brewing storms secure a name in order of the alphabet and start a journey that will lead to destruction. Fear grips the people in the places where the storm’s path is predicted to go. We are no stranger to storms here in our little corner of the world. Yet, God’s protection and provision have blessed us through hurricanes, tornados, and thunder storms that could have spelled complete disaster. There will always be another storm brewing and heading our way. It’s how we handle them that determines the outcome.


Faith grounds us through all storms. As a child, I was taught to treat storms with faith and a reverent fear. Mama’s rule was: ‘be still and quiet until the storm passes’ What is the storm rule in your home, your life? Storms thunder into our lives in ways other than rain, sleet, and snow. There are storms of depression, death, sickness, sadness, job loss, and many things that blindside and back us into situations that can steal the good life we desire.


A special greeting card carries a message of encouragement for all of us. “As we travel through life, paths are not always easy nor waters still. Yet when the storms beat the loudest, God, in love draws near and whispers “I am here.” Praying always for you…Col. 1:3


Envision the fiercest storm you’ve survived. Weathering the storms that hit personally can take a toll that only time can heal. It seems that all of us have endured a season of our lives when storms just kept coming, one storm after another tearing us apart. Never are we alone in a storm or in sunshine. The stormy season will pass. Staying focused on Christ will carry us through the toughest of times.


Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem that tells how the eagles handle storms. Her words penetrate the hearts of people facing life’s storms with an eagle attitude, We do not have to become stuck in a storm. Some storms, we must ride out and wait for the Lord to take care of the things we can’t. ‘Wait” doesn’t mean sitting down and just waiting on God to show up. It means eagerly anticipating and awaiting His arrival to answer our prayers and rescue us from the storm.


Storms Bring Out the Eagles but the Little Birds Take Cover


“When the ‘storms of life’ gather darkly ahead.


I think of these wonderful words I once read.


And I say to myself as ‘threatening clouds’ hover.


Don’t ‘fold up your wings’ and ‘run for cover’


But like the eagle ‘ spread wide your wings’


And ‘soar far above” the troubles life brings,


For the eagle knows that the higher he flies


The more tranquil and brighter become the skies…


And there is nothing in life GOD ever asks us to bear


That we can’t soar above ‘On The Wings Of Prayer”


And in looking back over the “storm you passed through”


You’ll find you gained strength and new courage, too.


For in facing ‘life’s storms’ with an Eagle’s Wings


You can fly far above earth’s small, petty things.”


It is not always easy to be an eagle, but it’s a wise way to handle storms. Faithfully facing storms gives us strength that comes only from our Savior.


Isaiah 40:31 directs us to His Word for instructions on how to handle life’s storms or any situation we face on our journey.


“…they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles…”


If you are facing a storm that keeps brewing with no end in sight, read Isaiah’s words and Mrs. Rice’s words for comfort and direction.


When you walk through your storms, hold you head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. God is always with you; you are never alone! The words to a special song settle in my soul and resonate with clarity from Christ. We will always face storms…do we handle them faithfully or fearfully? When the storms come, we must fly like the eagle above the petty things that can destroy our lives. IN the midst of the storm, we must have faith and rise up with courage.


“…When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver sound of a lark, Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and turned ,Walk on , walk on, with hope in your hearts and you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone.”


Sing that song with passion. Face your storms with faith. Cherish the Lord and your loved ones each and every day.

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