You might not think that living in Indiana, I would have been through a hurricane, but I have survived several. I am certain that you have too. Alfred Souza made this observation, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life” (One Month to Live, 137). Many times we sit around and wish for the happier times in our lives. However, our lives are passing us by while we sit and wish they were different.
Hurricanes are the winds of change and storms that blow in our lives. No matter how hard we try, we cannot avoid them. Trying to fight change wastes your time and energy. You will not be able to stop change occurring in your life, anymore than you could stop a hurricane. However, we can choose to look beyond the storm – change our perspective.
Instead of focusing solely on the situation at hand, the storm that has blown into you life, we must look at how we can learn and grow from this experience and become stronger. No matter what storm you are facing, God is right there beside you every step of the way.
Questions to Consider:
- If you knew you only had a month to live, what things would you get rid of to lighten your load and make your life simpler? Why are you holding on to them so tightly?
- Thinking about the most recent storm in your life, what did you learn about yourself? About God? Spend time in prayer today thanking Him for helping you through that storm.
- What storm are you facing today? How are you going to choose to respond to it?