Do you feel overwhelmed, confused, or lost? Welcome to life, my friend. We’d like to think life is supposed to be easy but – I hate to break your illusion – it’s not. Life is life, full of drama, struggles, and shocking surprises. Sure, at the same time it is breath-taking, beautiful, and precious. Nevertheless, it is tough. So we need to get used to it. Or, at least, we need to know what to do when we don’t know how to proceed or when we feel helpless and are ready to quit. It’s life-changing to know how to handle storms of life. Because then you don’t have to be afraid of anything.
How to go about it? The Israelites gave us two clues to guide us when we don’t know how to proceed.
O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. (2 Chronicles 20:12, NLT)
How to handle storms of life
The first step on our way to handle storms of life is to admit that we are powerless. When storms of life are raging around us, we need help. It’s time to stop pretending we know what we are doing or how to handle situations. We are adults and very capable in many areas of life but when it comes to life storms, it does not matter how old we are, we need help. When we feel overwhelmed, we are wise to admit our need and seek help.
The second step to handle storms of life is to look for God. He knows what is going on in your life. Even though you are over your head, God isn’t. Nothing in your life will surprise him, he is at peace at all times. And his peace can be yours. Just lift up your eyes to him and ask for all you need.
How to go about it
When you don’t know what to do, pray. God will answer. When you are exhausted, overwhelmed, and clueless, ask for God to intervene. He will answer. When you feel powerless, reach out to God. He will bless you.
I don’t know how this works but I know from my own experience it does work. Cry for help. And trust that it will come. And it will. The storm will still be there but God will send you help to get through it. I’d say the only way to handle storms of life is to admit our powerlessness and ask God to help. Whether your storm is a health matter, a family matter or work-related, God will guide you and help you. Just learn to turn to God. Often and over and over again. Invite God into the midst of your chaos and you will learn to handle storms of life with him.
We need you so badly.
Without you, we are lost in the sea of life.
We lift our eyes to you and ask for help.
Come and help us,
bless us as only you know how.
Let us feel your presence,
especially when storms of life rage around us.
Give us your peace in the midst of our chaos.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you know how to handle storms of life? Please, do share!
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to admit your need for help and ask God for it. And say thanks when you receive it!