It’s springtime in the South, which brings a kaleidoscope of natural beauty in the form of green trees and brightly-colored flowers. Until recent years, fall was always my season of choice. However, I just love the message of hope that truly is the universal proclamation of spring.
My wife, Michelle, absolutely loves tulips. And in the past couple weeks we’ve seen a number of these classy and majestic wonders. Unfortunately, tulips are as delicate as they are beautiful. And that’s not a good thing when storms move in.
And on Wednesday night we had our first real round of spring storms, complete with a spectacular lightning show. Some storms were severe, producing hail, powerful straightline winds, and a few tornadoes.
It turns out that Thursday was my assigned hospital rotation day. As I made my rounds through the Little Rock metro area, I saw very little evidence of the previous night’s storms. That is, except for the beds of tulips. They were still obviously tulips, but many of them were missing petals, bent over, battered, and broken from the wind and rain.
I’ve been made increasingly aware in recent weeks of a number of wonderful people who are dealing with their own storms: sudden losses of life, miscarriages, divorce, painful health crises and scary diagnoses, unemployment — just to name a few.
When I hear of such trials and heartbreaking circumstances, I make a point to pray. I simply cannot imagine going through this life without an abiding faith in Jesus Christ. If you’re going through a tough period in your life, I encourage you to meditate on the Scripture verses below that reveal some profound truths about God.
He is Our Refuge and Strength
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Psalm 46:1-3, ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, ESV)
He is Our Peace Giver
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, NIV) [Read in Context]
He is Our Faithful Provider
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. . . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:27-29, 34, NIV) [Read in Context]
He is Our Hope and Sustainer
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NIV)
He is Our Salvation
The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, NIV)
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12, ESV)
Whatever you may be experiencing today — grief, loss, public pain, private pain, anxiety, depression, despair, or something else altogether — I pray that you have the peace and hope that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The disciple John recorded Jesus’ words to us all: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, ESV) [Read John 14]
If you don’t know Jesus, I would love to introduce you to Him today. Feel free to contact me. With Christ in your life, no matter how fierce the storms, you can still shine brightly and beautifully from the inside out.
Enjoy this spring season. And take time to savor the splendor of His creative powers.
IT’S YOUR TURN!
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse or passage that you go to in the storms of life?