My Fortress in the Storms
I have learned that in life, facing storms isn’t a one-and-done experience. While each one my look different, they are an experience we all face time and time again. What really sets us apart is how we view, and respond to, the storms we each face.
As a follower of Jesus I have a hope firmly planted in the faithfulness, sovereignty and power of God. My faith convicts and reminds me that what I am facing, regardless of how trying it might be, did not escape the knowledge of my God. He has already established victory in my life.
King David often described God as a rock, a fortress that stood firm in the chaos and darkness of life’s storms. He uses this language in reflection of how God delivered him from his enemies, chiefly King Saul at the time.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
David’s way of describing God has always brought to mind a lighthouse. A structure that stands firm in the throes of harsh storms, provides shelter and guidance when everything seems dark and uncertain. A lighthouse can take the brunt of the storm because it was designed to do so.
The Bell Rock lighthouse in its design illustrates this well. It’s base was designed with interlocking stone blocks that when pressed from any side by the crashing waves, caused the locking joints to strengthen and secure themselves even more than before. As each new storm blows against the Bell Rock lighthouse, it becomes stronger and more secure.
With each crash of a wave in the storms of life, we have an opportunity to see Gods strength. We have an opportunity to trust in His faithfulness, sovereignty, and power. But it will always be a perspective we must choose to have and hold onto in the midst of the storm. When the waves of fear and worry come crashing in, lean into God’s strength and trust those waves will break upon Him.