Abiding {Day 26} – In the Storm

Storm – a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He calmed the storm to a whisper
and stilled the waves.
What a blessing was that stillness
as he brought them safely into harbor! (Psalm107:28-30)

Storms.  They are somewhat predictable.  You often have time to prepare, to brace yourself.  At other times they can come with such force that if you are not standing on solid ground, you might be shaken off of your foundation.

I hope you don’t mind if I share a personal story with you.  It’s been told before on my blog, in bits and pieces.  I hope that it will encourage you.

My family walked through a storm last year.  We saw it coming for quite a while.  We felt we might end up in this place.  But even though we were somewhat prepared for the outcome, our faith was tested as we clung to God to bring hope in the midst of turmoil.

My husband lost his job in June of 2009.  It put a very heavy strain on already stretched finances.  We found ourselves getting further and further in debt.  Our priority was to do everything in our power to keep our home.  However, we had to come to the very painful decision to let our home go to short sale in the fall of 2010.  We bought our “dream home” in 1994 when our first child was just three years old.  We lived there for 16 years, raising our four children and doing extensive remodeling (thanks to my very talented carpenter husband).

We fought against that storm for over a year.  But after a couple of failed promises of “new hope for homeowners” programs, we realized we were fighting against the storm and decided to simply “lean into it” and see where the wind would take us.  We are thankful we were able to avoid foreclosure.  Our house sold in less than a week and God has provided a very nice and spacious rental for our family.  My husband is still unemployed, but God continues to provide “side jobs” and his unemployment has been extended for another few months.  Praise the Lord!

I painted this picture last year, during the time we were in the midst of losing our home.  It is titled “Embracing the winds of change”.

I believe God spoke to my heart very clearly about the storms and the winds they bring:

“I am bringing the winds of change.  You have two choices.  You can allow yourself to be caught up in fear and doubt and allow yourself to become immobilized, unable to move, OR you can embrace the winds of change.  Will you choose to trust that I will guide your course?”

When the storms come, they often come with such force and strength that it will catch us off guard.  But will we choose to trust Him?  God does not promise that it will not be painful at times.  But He does promise that if we will learn to trust Him in the storm, He will bring us through.

Are you facing a storm in your life?  Trust the Lord.  Lean into the wind and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you in this season.  Then, embrace it and allow the wind to carry you to the safe harbor.

*This is Day 26 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!


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14 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    As you know, I too have been going through a storm these past few years.  I love what you wrote:
    “Are you facing a storm in your life?  Trust the Lord.  Lean into the wind and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you in this season.  Then, embrace it and allow the wind to carry you to the safe harbor.”

    This is what I’ve been trying to do.  I’m learning to trust God in the middle of the storm and to abide in Him.  We are on a similar journey and I’m so glad that we can encourage one another Barbie.

    Blessings and love,

  2. Oh Barbie, such sweet encouragement here!  He is our safe harbor in the midst of the storm.

  3. Lisa says:

    Barbie, thanks for sharing your personal story with us.  I’ve probably told you before, but it closely resembles our story, except that we are still in our house.  We have been through some major storms, but I know these storms have pulled be closer to my Savior, and for that I am extremely thankful.  Our God is still God in the midst of the storms.  Amen!

    • Barbie says:

      I am so thankful you are still in your home.  I am learning to embrace the storms because they do bring me closer to my Savior. He is a safe place.  Have a blessed week Lisa!

  4. Child of God says:

    Oh what a tough ride, to have to lose the home you raised your kids in. 🙁 So glad that God provided a spacious home and new memories! 🙂

    Praying for work!

  5. carissa graham says:

    i remember you going through this and reading about God’s provisions along the way.  it’s so good to be able to rest in the peace of Jesus and His provision in the midst of the storms.  your life is a testament to that.


  6. Chrissy says:

    We’ve been facing a storm with our only child for the last several momths. I keep telling myself that I trust God’s plan for my son’s life and for our family, but sometimes I feel like I’ve said the words so many times, I don’t know what they mean anymore. I needed this post today, Barbie. Thank you.

    • Barbie says:

      Oh Chrissy, I will be praying for your son and for strength for you and your husband.  It can get a little mechanical, can’t it, these words we repeat.  But we have to keep telling ourselves we trust Him, especially in those times when our mind and emotions tell us otherwise.  Praying God will bring you through this soon!

  7. Janette@Janette's Sage says:

    Our storm was the same with other hits in areas we couldn’t believe.  We are still walking it out in faith, knowing that God uses everything for our good and His promises are true.  One day I stood at a house foundation…our son is a home builder and this was his first house…God’s word was “you are now totally down to the foundation….you choose how you will build on the foundation, but you now know that you have a foundation built on me!”  We are still erecting back walls…but the foundation is there.

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