The Storm before the Calm
CBN Guest Writer
-- God is after something in all of us, and until He gets
that something, our lives can be p-r-e-t-t-y stormy!
Now don’t misunderstand. God is not bent over heaven, throwing
down lightning bolts at the base of our heels, trying to bully
us into walking the straight and narrow. Far from it! Sometimes
we interpret the dealings of God in our lives as something negative
and unfair, but what we must all come to terms with is that God
is always in the process of refining and consecrating us as His
sons and daughters, conforming us into the express image of Himself.
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor
faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth
he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews
Sometimes we get the notion that God has us in a choke-hold position,
tapping His foot, just waiting for us to yell “Uncle!”
But that is not the case at all. Many times God grieves over our
willful and stubborn ways. He allows us to make our choices, and
then watches from a distance, with eyes of compassion and a heart
that breaks. He longs for us to recognize that we are helpless
and that we are totally undone without Him.
I once heard a person say, “All of us, in our natural state,
are just like wild stallions, and until we are completely broken,
we are incapable of being fully used by God.” There within
a confined and dusty stable, the grueling process takes place.
The one-on-one fight for domination can seem, by the average spectator,
to be an unrelenting struggle, a futile fight to the very end.
The violent bucking, thrashing, and kicking, and shrills of agony
are almost too much to witness.
But none too soon, the exhausting match is finally over, the
horse quietly succumbs to a place of humble submission, and then
a beautiful sight begins to unfold. Gradually, as the animal becomes
more and more responsive to the voice and the lead of his master,
a metamorphous of a new nature emerges, one that is so sensitive
that it becomes possible to guide this stallion by reins made
out of mere silk threads. The horse’s senses are so fine-tuned
to his master’s desires that all that is needed is the slightest
turn of the wrist, a pull of the silken thread, and the horse
When we begin to see the wisdom and insight of God’s ways
in our lives, it might take a season, or sometimes even a lifetime,
before we come to terms with the fact that God will use anything
and everything to bring us to that prayer of surrender, the place
of saying, “No longer my will, but thy Will be done.”
I’ve learned the hard way that it is usually the “war
of the wills” portion of my own life where the most severe
and intense battles take place. Oh, how we want to stay in control,
when all the while God is saying, “I don’t want to
have to allow another Northeast wind to blow into your life in
order to get you to release your hold on that situation. I long
to bring peace to every storm that has been raging within you.
Allow Me to speak ‘Be still’ to every tempest and
wave of adversity that pounds against your soul. Come and release
to Me now the full reins of your life so that I may lead you to
the lush green valleys of peace where the waters run deep and
still, where there is a welcomed and restful calm after the storm.”
Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and
it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What
kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him”
(Matthew 8: 26b -27, NIV)!
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