In The Midst Of The Storm

I only write when I feel led by God especially when something I hear or see prompts me to tell a story. Recently I watched the movie Frozen 2. There was a part in the movie where Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven were caught in a tornado. Everyone was thrown out of the storm besides Elsa who remained in the storm. As Elsa fought to break free from the storm, she started to see visions and hear voices from the past. She was unable to see her sister Anna who was screaming her name and the rest of the gang who was standing right outside the storm. Once Elsa broke through the storm, there was a bunch of frozen objects from the past. When asked by Kristoff what the items were she said, “They look like moments in time.”

Have you ever been in the midst of a storm and all you could see was that current storm? On the other hand, have you ever been in the midst of a storm and you could see “moments in time” where God brought you through a different storm? Depending on what type of storm we are in, it can be difficult to see God’s history in bringing us through especially if it is a big storm. All we can focus on is the 100 mph winds, the raging waters, and ourselves being trapped inside. I know for myself I have been caught off guard by focusing too much on the storm instead of the One who controls the storm. The Scripture tells us, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10 NKJV) An old praise song popped in my head. It says, “There’s a storm out over the ocean and it’s moving this old way, if your souls not anchored in Jesus, you will surely drift away.” See, even the saints back then knew we had to be anchored in Jesus when it came to the storms of life.

When I look back at the movie and I see how Elsa was left in the storm alone think about how often we are left feeling alone in our own storms. When the entire group was in the storm, Elsa’s focus was ensuring no one got hurt, however once she was alone in the storm she could see and hear the visions and voices from the past. Have you ever wondered if the only way God is able to get your full attention is when you are alone in the midst of the storm? We can become so dependent on others but God wants us to be dependent on Him. He wants to get the glory when we come out of our storms. I am not saying you have to go through things alone but there will be times when God wants to use that time when it is just the two of you going through the storm together hand and hand. We must admit others can be a distraction at times. God will always put the right people in place when you need them and they will not distract you. By the end of the movie, both Elsa and her sister Anna both had an important role to play in saving their kingdom and they ended up doing it alone. Nevertheless, it all worked out for both of their good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

I have had many storms in my life and I know it is part of being a Christian as well as part of life. Most of us do not like to hear it but the storms is what makes us who we are and who we are to become. Believe me you can find peace in the midst of your storms. The eye of a storm is called a cyclone, which is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of a strong tropical storm. It is the most peaceful place in a storm. Therefore, the next time you are in the midst of a storm focus on the eye of the storm, which is Jesus Christ. He is our peace. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

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