I feel strangely at ease. Thunder resounds through the dark sky and jolts the earth, yet my finger flow steadily as I scribble these words. Lightning blazes and the thick static hinders the dawn from rising, but still I am comforted. Peace. And in the most unlikely of places: a storm.
As the rain relentlessly punches the ground around me, I begin to wonder why I usually don't mind and sometimes even enjoy storms (other than an excuse for a nap, of course). But storms do not always frighten us, perhaps, because we have faith that they will eventually end. In fact, we may even quietly look forward to the rainbow that we hope will follow.
The same is true in life–the chaos and uncertainty are enough to drive a person mad. But I know that I should not feel anxious or overwhelmed. Why? Because the tempest will not endure. The trouble and sorrows that flood our time on earth will not last forever. Our faith should lie in the assurance that Christ came and died for us, and that He promises eternal life to those who walk in Him. God gives us the opportunity to live in fellowship with Him forever. What could possibly be more comforting than that? It does not matter what kind of suffering or hardships we endure; this life is just a little speck on the line of eternity.
"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
This is true peace.
And just as the rain gives life to the thirsty plants, struggles allow our faith to blossom.
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."
I know the joy that is coming, though I can't even dream of how amazing it will be. For "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9)." I have a hope that is in something far beyond this universe. Though I must persevere, I can do so joyfully, knowing that keeping the faith will be worth it in the end. When the time comes, the sun will shine again, bringing a Perpetual Light that cannot possibly be squelched. Like a thunderstorm, life only lasts a little while before the glorious ending. So if the storms are making you anxious, call on the One who holds the heavens.