January 17/Weekend

Written by Bill Grandi on January 17th, 2020

My title for this devotion is Storm vs Calm.

In September of this past year (2019) Jo and I were blessed with the trip/dream of a lifetime-a trip to Alaska. After having made the decision in early ’19 to look into a trip and then deciding to save one more year, some folks in the church I pastor took the initiative to contact others to “bless us.” In late March/early April they surprised us with the all-expense paid trip. We were blown away to say the least.

We have lots of memories of that trip-tangible ones like pictures and t-shirts. But one that hit me today was that we did not encounter any rough weather on or off land. It was absolutely gorgeous! Even the one day we were cruising Tracy Arm Fjord where it rains 100″/year, it was sunny and bright and calm. I’m glad. All my life I’ve had trouble with going in circles and riding rough, windy roads. I had not been able to ride and read in a vehicle EVER (hence my tough time studying on the bus during basketball trips in college). I finally learned a trick to be able to read on the interstate (while someone else is driving of course! 🙂 ), but rough sea weather? That could have spelled disaster on the trip.  Frankly, I did not want to find out if I had sea legs or not.

In real time, storms are a part of life. I get fried whenever I think of the smiling speaker who says I am to have my best life now. Heaven becomes a downgrade when you think about it. No thank you. Storms are a part of life. The way I see it I have either been through a storm and may be enjoying a reprieve; going through a storm right now; or will be going through one soon enough. Proverbs 17:3 says, “The crucible for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests the hearts.” In I Peter 1:6-7 Peter talks about our faith being tested to show the genuineness of it-more precious than gold. Storms are a part of life; a part of growth; a part of the life of the Christ-follower. Storms are never comfortable, but in God’s plan are always essential. A storm on a boat is dubious for me. A storm in life is expected and ALWAYS has a purpose. Among many, one huge purpose is God keeps His promise of being there. A.L.W.A.Y.S.

“Father, storms serve so much more of a purpose than calm. Although calm is nice, storms have a purpose and will benefit my growth. Help me to trust You that storm comes.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    I love a good storm…from the comfort of my home or even in the protection of a car… In life, not so much. Though they do serve a purpose and I can usually see where I have grown afterwards… In the midst, I just have to trust and have faith that God will get me through. I can’t say I look forward to the storms of life, I have learned to roll with them.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I’m like you Ryan. I prefer it from the comfort of my home or truck. Even the latter is dubious at times. Trusting through the storm of real life can be a challenge.

  2. Yes, storms in life are inevitable, Bill, that’s for sure. Yet, we know God can use those storms to make us lean on Him all the more, and that’s a blessing!
    Still, what a gift that trip to Alaska was for the both of you – calm weather and all. 🙂

    • Bill Grandi says:

      i agree Martha. I want Him to use the storm to have me lean on Him and learn more. And it was a great gift. One I’m not sure can be repaid.

  3. Great post, Bill. “Storms are a part of life; a part of growth; a part of the life of the Christ-follower. Storms are never comfortable, but in God’s plan are always essential.” Very reassuring!