This past year, many people here in the Adirondacks and around the country have experienced what has been termed as a “Life Storm.”
This storm is culminated by circumstances that test our strength, devour our peace and steal our joy. The truth is there may have been many storms in your life, not just in the past year but sporadically throughout your life. Like weather storms, life storms can come in slowly and leave quickly or roll in quickly and linger for some time. No matter the substance, life storms can feel personally aimed and centered on us. It can be lonely when the darkness creeps in and there seems to be no shelter.
Our hearts tell us we are alone in our suffering but are we truly alone? Its not difficult to ask ourselves this question, especially when churches here in the mountains are closed and we are feeling isolated and disconnected. We long to feel God with us when we lose a loved one or friend, our child is taken into emergency surgery, marriages drift apart or get laid off from your job. These are a few, among a myriad of life storms we may experience in our lifetimes.
This is the time when we lean on our faith. For some of us, faith is the solid ground we stand on in the midst of our storms. Shaken but not shattered, hope replaces despair. Some of us remain silent about our storms, tormented by our own disappointment, frustration and grief. Where can we find a way out, a way to rise above and stand in the eye of the storm? The answer lies in an account that begins at nightfall.
Jesus is on the mountain in prayer and the disciples are in the boat in fear. The disciples have been alone in a boat fighting the storm for hours. Feeling abandoned, one disciple asks, “Where is Jesus?” He knows we’re in the boat. Is God anywhere nearby? Then from within the storm comes an unmistakable voice: “I AM”!!! Wet robe, soaked hair. Waves slapping his waist and rain streaming down His face, Jesus speaks to them at once. “Courage! I AM! Don’t be afraid! The words ring like clashing cymbals.
We have heard the words I Am before. Speaking from the burning bush to Moses, God announced, “I AM Who I AM”. Jesus declared, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.” I Am the bread of Life,” “I Am the Light of the World,” “I Am the Way, and the Truth and the Life.” From the center of the storm, the unwavering Jesus shouts, “I AM”. Tall in the midst of wreckage, bold against the Galilean waves, ICU, battlefield, boardroom, prison cell, or maternity ward. Whatever your Life Storm, “I AM.” God gets into things like the seas, big fish, lions’ dens and furnaces, bankrupt businesses, jail cells, hospitals, weddings and funerals. Look and you will find what everyone from Moses to Martha discovered. God in the middle of our storms where ever we are. That includes yours!!
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