Let all the world in every corner sing, “Our God is King!”
Last night we had a tremendous rain storm, Colin by name. When I woke this morning I could hear the birds singing. The lake by my home sang forth, a veritable choir rejoicing to the Lord. Though Colin lasted a few days, it did pass. I heard no birds singing through the thunder and the pounding rain. But the storm passed and the birds are singing now. During the storm they hunkered down, waiting.
Not all waiting is the same. My guess is that how we enter the storm determines the way we wait. If hope has not gotten ahold of us before the storm, we may dread the storm, or dramatize it, complain about it. But if hope has gotten us, when the storm comes we simply hunker down and wait for the morning when we know we will sing again as we have a hundred times before.
When our hope is in God’s faithfulness rather than our own resources, hunkering down becomes simply a necessary step in Gods redemptive plan. We know we will sing again. Saints of old knew this truth: “when the storms of life are raging stand by me. When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea. When the storms of life are raging stand by me.”
If you do not know your hope, then I invite you to get to know Jesus. This summer, read the gospel of John with the intent of getting to know Jesus. Meet him, listen to his teaching, experience the warmth of his spirit. Read slowly. Read, then think. Then think some more and then read some more. I would encourage you to use your thinking to make a decision. Some people think they are thinking when all they are doing is avoiding a decision. Meeting Jesus, really meeting him, will push you to make a decision about him. Is he actually who he says he is in this gospel? Imagine you are there, one of the twelve listening to him for the first time. Feel his compassion for others. When you have finished John, read it again. Then make a decision about Jesus. You can find hope as you read the stories and hear the teaching. No storm in life is ever the same once you have met Jesus.