My sis loves the original movie of the story of Ruth. I remember, during the school holidays, she would watch it repeatedly. It was one of those old school, black and white movies that went on for half a day. OK, maybe not half a day but it seemed like it.
There was a scene in the movie where Ruth is gleaning behind the women gathering the wheat. They would throw the wheat in the air and what fell to the ground they would gather and let the wind carry the chaff away. The seed, the fruit, the good stuff had weight. The husks and shells, the worthless things, the rubbish would be carried away by the wind.
When life’s challenges come your way, do you have enough weight, strength, faith to stand your ground or can the wind cause you to become displaced?
Do you have good, heavy fruit in our heart, your mind, your life – to keep you ground through difficult times?
Hard times will come but they won’t overwhelm you if you believe that the Lord upholds you.
Psalm 37:24 (NIV)
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Just in the past month alone, I have friends grieving the loss of loved ones. Another has been made redundant and looking at the possibility of having to move overseas to find employment. Another is fighting a case for bullying in the work place and many have family members who are seriously ill.
Such challenges will bring a degree of disruption to our lives but I want to encourage you to stay anchored in Jesus. Do not allow circumstances to displace you. Though you will be disrupted, you don’t have to be displaced!
How? Keep your eyes on Jesus and do as He does.
1. Sleep in your storm
Mark 4:37-38 (AMP)
37 And a fierce windstorm began to blow, and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, asleep [with His head] on the [sailor’s leather] cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?”
In the middle of the storm Jesus was asleep. If He is asleep in your storm, then you sleep. He is the Prince of Peace. At the very least, when you focus on Him, you will see peace amid difficulty.
2. Walk on your storm
24 But the boat [by this time] was already a long distance from land, tossed and battered by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m.) Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.27 But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!”
Jesus came to the disciples in the middle of a storm and He is already with you now, in the middle of yours. Where He is there is peace, victory and freedom so if He is outside the boat and walking on water- Get out of the boat and walk on your challenges with Him.
3. Shout at your storm!
Shout loudly at your storm. Declare who you are and who your God is. Prophesy His promises over yourself, your family, your situation. As you hear yourself declaring God’s Word, your faith will rise as your focus is shifted off the challenges and onto He who has authority over the storm. Get the Word out and command the storm to be still!
Matthew 8:25-27 (AMP)
25 And the disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we are going to die!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once] a great and wonderful calm [a perfect peacefulness].27 The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
God bless you!