Facing storms in life is something we all do. Big storms, little storms—sometimes we are right in the middle of the raging storm and sometimes, we get hit on the edge of someone else’s. Facing challenges in life is how we live and grow to be stronger and, hopefully, wiser, more compassionate human beings. And just as we prepare ourselves for the physical snowstorms by gathering the staples of life to wait out the storm’s worst, we need to prepare ourselves for the other kinds of challenges that we will encounter. There will be emotional and spiritual storms just as surely as there is always another storm rising in the atmosphere of the earth.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I prepare for the storms that come and go in my faith life. What are the staples I should be storing up? Obviously, the answer is spending time in the Word and in prayer. If these are our spiritual sustenance, why is it so hard to make them a lasting priority in my life? What are the spiritual equivalent to snow plows and ice melt? Maybe it would be regular worship and regular fellowship with brothers and sisters in the faith. If so, why is it so difficult to convince myself to attend to these spiritual disciplines? I don’t know.
If you find yourself struggling in your faith, don’t despair. You’re going to fall in life—that’s a given. Just decide now to always turn back to God, let him pick you up and brush you off and you will always land on your feet heading in the right direction.