Surviving the Storms of life

by Herbert Mtowo

I have sometimes felt like Job. God has, because of his trust in my faith in him, allowed storm after storm to happen in my life. The Bible tells us: “it came to pass.” When in the midst of these storms I felt they would never end. They have passed, but the scars remain: Mike’s way of walking may never be perfect. Herbert’s body may have many scars, aches and pains. Todd’s paralysis may never go away. But one thing that I know that doesn’t stay forever is storms, they come and they go.

The challenges of life come to each and every one of us. None of us are exempt from adverse situations and circumstances. Trials of varied kinds are faced by people of all color, race, religion and languages. That’s life. So do not feel as though you are all alone, dealing with something that no one else ever dealt with, or is dealing with it in the present. Regardless of how things seem, it is a fact that others are facing the same storms. However, people approach their difficulties differently; hence they receive divers’ results. Some get discouraged and quit on life, committing suicide. Others cry and cry and cry, then walk around as zombies, spaced out on drugs of various kinds, while others still drink themselves out of their reality, or so they think, until they become sober again. At the same time, many face their situations and defeat the enemies which come against them. They rise to the top. If they can do that, so can you.

And what about those who believe in God? Do they, likewise face trials and temptations? Yes, of course we do. Again, the difficulties of life are common to all men. But these seeming adverse challenges can be over-come if we gain the understanding of what to do and how to do what we need to do. Great battles can result in awesome victories and successes, if we get wisdom.

Life, in spite of its difficulties, is a great and grand thing and we have what it takes to make it in this world. Within us is a God-given ability to rise to the challenge and knock down the giants of lack, sickness, inefficiency, low self-esteem, low morale, hurts, pains, negative family relations, drugs etc. You have what it takes to rise above it all.

Don’t quit on life. Don’t drug yourself out of this world. Do not sit idly by, wishing for death, because you feel as though you cannot cope.

With God, you can make it. With Him you can use those same stumbling-blocks as your stepping-stones to a better you, to a better life. And even if, at the moment, you cannot see your way out of your situations and circumstances, realize that the Creator of the Universe knows the way out and will show it to you, I’m begging you believe.
Believe what, you may ask? Believe that He is able to help you. Believe enough to call upon Him. Believe enough to take a step of faith, trusting that He has the power to turn things around for you. Believe that He loves you and wants to help you. Believe that He is a very present help, to everyone who calls upon Him. Believe.

It is going to be alright. Things are going to get better. If you seek the Lord Jesus for His wisdom and strength, He will prove Himself to you. Here Him as He says in His Word, the Bible:

Isaiah 41:10-“Fear thou not, for I am with thee; Be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”

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