Getting through the storm


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



Have you ever been in a situation where you knew what was coming, but you didn’t want to face it?

Let me give you some examples.

You know you have to go to the dentist to have a tooth removed, but you really don’t want to go. Or, the doctor tells you, “There’s nothing more we can do,” and it seems like your world is closing in on you. Maybe you know your company is downsizing and you’re next in line to lose your job. What will you do? Or you’re having marital problems and it’s seemingly too late because your spouse is going to see the attorney in the morning.

I call these things the “Storms of Life.”

Like I said last week, we all have had or will have a “Storm of Life” at some point in our life. It may not be so serious as hearing the doctor tell you there is nothing more that can be done, it might just be not getting the raise you had hoped for, or a relationship that you have been involved in is coming to a close. Whatever level of pain and stress a situation causes you, can be classified as a “Storm of Life.”

Years ago, there was a song that told us to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” It’s pretty difficult to be happy when something painful and stressful is happening in our lives. Yet Paul told us to “be happy in all situations that we face.” And Jesus told us that we should not be surprised when bad things come our way. He said, “In this world, you will have tribulations. But be of good cheer (happy!) because I have overcome the world.”

The story is told of a flight that was experiencing turbulence and the captain told everyone to put on their seat belts. The flight became even more turbulent and passengers were being tossed around and almost tossed out of their seats. While the rest of the passengers were doing their best to deal with the turbulence, a little girl sat through it all, while reading her book. After the plane had landed, she was asked how she could remain so calm. She responded, “My daddy is the pilot and he’s taking me home.”

Whether the “Storm of Life” that we face is unemployment, the result of a tragic accident, our physical health, a financial loss or a broken relationship, we can remain confident that all is not lost. Our Pilot (Jesus) can handle any storm that comes our way and He will get us home safely.

What storms are you encountering today? Perhaps you have lost a loved one or are facing a serious illness. Perhaps you are having difficulties finding a job or your spouse has or is about to leave you. Ask the Lord, to strengthen your faith, keep your eyes on Him, tell Him what you are going through (He already knows, but He wants you to rely on Him) and rest assured, that He will take you safely through the storm and to the other side.

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.