EMBRACE THE STORM

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What cord does the word ‘storm’ strike within you?
To many, storm is that whirlwind that blows everyone and everything no good, the hurricane designed in hell and launched against us by Captain Satan himself with one obvious objective; to destroy us and leave our lives in perpetual disarray and confusion.
At the mention of the word ‘storm’, every man takes cover in the nearest citadel and every woman confesses that life is nothing but hell.

Looking through a more lucid lens, I have understood that storm is not the enemy we think it is. It is not out just to destroy us. However, it appears in different shades and forms and none of them is palatable. Storm always appear so harsh and unfair, but it is for us not against us. When violent storm hits, we feel hurt, awkward and vulnerable, however, it is designed to chisel out the man we are supposed to be, to bring forth the king in the kid.

As a little child, I was a victim of some emotional storms, it was like a vacation in hell. I used to be angry with God for relegating me from heaven to earth, “if heaven is truly better, why not just leave me over there, if you are indeed a good God,” I thought. Little did I know I was getting ready for the battle ahead, my muscles were being developed to lift the weight ahead of me. As we put our lives in order and seek a safe haven during and after each storm we face, we develop the intelligence (moral, spiritual, emotional, physical) required in the journey ahead. Storms are tools that birth maturity in us and equip us with the strength and wisdom needed ahead of time.
Just like every normal human being, I hated the storms I had to experience in life (or experiencing right now), but I realise I am better able to handle a number of things because of the battles I had fought in my past. I smile at some trials and temptations because I have wrestled with similar/stronger Giants, and won.

Some people argue about the origin of storms which I think it’s not important. However, we must understand that God is Love, and he would never hit us with any evil like sicknesses, death of loved ones or pain, yet He is so smart and intelligent to convert anything Satan throws at us as a tool for our growth and development because ‘all (good, bad and the ugly) things works together for good for his own children. ‘
Whenever I am faced with any form of storm in life, I draw solace from this fact: He will never expose me to a storm that is stronger than me, He would shield me from any storm that can truly destroy me. If it gets to me, then I can handle it and when the phase is over, I would be better and stronger.

I think one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands captures this subject better and here is the lyrics of ‘Diamonds’ by Hawk Nelson:

Here and now I’m in the fire in above my head

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Being held under the pressure don’t know what’ll be left

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

But it’s here in the ashes

I’m finding treasure

He’s making diamonds, diamonds

Making diamonds out of dust

He is refining in his timing

He’s making diamonds out of us

I’ll surrender to the power of being crushed by love

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Till the beauty that was hidden isn’t covered up

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Oh! it’s not what I hoped for

It’s something much better

He’s making diamonds, diamonds

Making diamonds out of dust

He is refining in his timing

He’s making diamonds out of us

Oh! the joy of the Lord

It will be my strength

When the pressure is on

He’s making diamonds

Oh! the joy of the Lord

It will be my strength

When the pressure is on

He’s making diamonds

Oh! the joy of the Lord

It will be my strength

When the pressure is on

He’s making, he’s making

He’s making diamonds, diamonds

Making us rise up from the dust

He is refining in his timing

He’s making diamonds out of dust

Making diamonds out of us

I won’t be afraid to shine

I won’t be afraid to shine

I won’t be afraid to shine

Cause he’s making diamonds out of dust

Making diamonds out of us

I encourage you to stay in the fight until you slay the giant and lift his head as a trophy. Don’t allow fear lax your muscles, don’t judge your strengths by anything else because the greater one resides inside of you. Muscle is developed by repeatedly lifting what is designed to weigh us down, so lift it with all the ounces of energy left within you—break some sweat if need be but don’t give up. Always remember this : if it appears before you, then it is because you can handle it and win without getting injured. Don’t run through the exit door or look for a shortcut. I dare you to say in the fight and slay them all… I dare you to embrace the storms just like an eagle.

30 thoughts on “EMBRACE THE STORM”

  1. If it appears before you it is because we can handle it,win without getting injured???it’s also true that when we embrace the storm we would know if we are strong enough to withstand the storm and finding or shortcut or running from it would only serve to weaken us,thank you so much rockie your post makes me sit and think continue the good work.

  2. This was so encouraging! I’ve been in countless storms in my short life and am presently in one. It is a one of the hardest positions to be in, as only you really know what you are going through. But you just have to look at storms right in the face and say whether you like it or not ” I will see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living! ” psalms 27:13. I truly believe even when it seems like God is silent during storms, he is in fact very in control. Without storms we will not have triumphs or testimonies to proof the power of the God we serve. Thank you ?. Keep writing!

  3. Amazing sir. Personally, I have and still weathering storms that MOST people twice my age haven’t experienced (take that to the bank) and Gods grace cannot be over emphasised. Like you correctly put, he’ll never let us drown. He knows our capabilities.
    One thing I’ve learnt from storms and I’ve come to believe with my experience is you never know whom your strength is inspiring. I’ve had people say it behind me and in front of me. The most profound was overhearing my mum telling my immediate senior who is 5 yrsolder than I am that of all her children (6) that I am the strongest , I thought I was even weak,lol. Sometimes when we weather storm whether it’s known or unknown people see you and get strength. They believe they can weather this too. It draws them closer to you and then to your God. It’s like a type of evangelism. They wanna know how. That’s when we jump in on the opportunity and tell them how and through whom. I’ve also learnt that nothing concerns storms with common sense nor human wisdom or else it turns to a tsunami. Like I said, the importance of grace can never be over emphasised. Storms can be beautiful too. I can go on and on cos it feels like I’m the one this article was meant for honestly. Thank you sir and God bless you.

  4. Amazing sir. Personally, I have and still weathering storms that MOST people twice my age haven’t experienced (take that to the bank) and Gods grace cannot be over emphasised. Like you correctly put, he’ll never let us drown. He knows our capabilities.
    One thing I’ve learnt from storms and I’ve come to believe with my experience is you never know whom your strength is inspiring. I’ve had people say it behind me and in front of me. The most profound was overhearing my mum telling my immediate senior who is 5 yrsolder than I am that of all her children (6) that I am the strongest , I thought I was even weak,lol. Sometimes when we weather storm whether it’s known or unknown people see you and get strength. They believe they can weather this too. It draws them closer to you and then to your God. It’s like a type of evangelism. They wanna know how. That’s when we jump in on the opportunity and tell them how and through whom. I’ve also learnt that nothing concerns storms with common sense nor human wisdom or else it turns to a tsunami. Like I said, the importance of grace can never be over emphasised. Storms can be beautiful too. I can go on and on cos it feels like I’m the one this article was meant for honestly. Thank you sir and God bless you.

  5. Embrace the storm really lifted my soul and widened my understanding,that in every storm i should strive to be victorious.Am blessed,Tnx Mr T and more grace

  6. Embrace the storm really lifted my soul and widened my understanding,that in every storm i should strive to be victorious.Am blessed,Tnx Mr T and more grace

  7. I didn’t know why I delayed reading this until now… but now I know.. After something I experienced yesterday. . I really needed something to start today with… This really blessed me… I am going out there to find the advantages in the numerous disadvantages the storm is presenting

  8. I didn’t know why I delayed reading this until now… but now I know.. After something I experienced yesterday. . I really needed something to start today with… This really blessed me… I am going out there to find the advantages in the numerous disadvantages the storm is presenting

  9. Storm indeed carve us into a better form of ourselves.
    I love the formulae you used in getting yourself out of storms
    Oh yea ..i am ready to dive into any storm that comes my way. .

  10. Storm indeed carve us into a better form of ourselves.
    I love the formulae you used in getting yourself out of storms
    Oh yea ..i am ready to dive into any storm that comes my way. .

  11. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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