The official start of summer is still a few days away, but here in Queensland – storm season has (unofficially) arrived. Last weekend we were lashed with a series of super-cells. One of the cells rolled in after breakfast on Saturday, which was unsettling for the kids because we usually get storms in the afternoon. One of the cells hit in the early evening just as the movie hubby and I were watching was getting good. Hello blackout. Another hit on Sunday afternoon as we were driving. (Snapped this pic out of the car window…eek!) Realising we wouldn’t make it home before the hail arrived, we took shelter in the carpark of a nearby shopping centre. It was quite an eventful weekend!
Metaphorical storms seem to come in seasons too, and they are equally unpredictable, inconvenient, and unsettling. It’s all clear skies and sunshine for a while, and then when you least expect it – bam.
Stormy patches can hit any area of our lives and affect us in our roles as women, mothers and leaders. They can take many forms: a sick child, a difficult pregnancy, a relationship breakdown, a job loss, or even a clash in your Leadership team. None of us escape life’s storms, so there is little point in trying to avoid them. We are far better off learning strategies for dealing with them.
Storms are mentioned in the Bible over forty times. Sometimes the storms referred to are physical, and other times they are metaphorical. When I read about storms in the Word I am reminded of two truths:
- The only true refuge is found in God. “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” (Isaiah 25:4 NIV)
- The only one who can control the storm is Jesus. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!‘ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39 NIV)
Media Manager – MOPS Australia