Surviving Your Perfect Storms…

Happy Thursday,

The difficult thing about blogging (almost) every day is that real life doesn’t pretend to be perfect so all the daily bloggers can hang happy faces on each of their daily blogs.

Real life has real challenges.

It’s filled with high hopes and fierce contests, delightful wins and dreadful losses.

On one day, we can be celebrating with two love birds at a wedding, and then, three days later we are on our knees at the edge of a hospital bed, praying for the miraculous survival of a lifeless friend. On one day, the whole world is singing our praises, and then seconds later, we look around and we’re all alone.

This is real life.

Yesterday, was one of those real life days for me. It began just like most recent days, with early morning prayer and worship, and time chatting with Emily and Heaven… I left the house aware of challenges, but mostly optimistic.

And then, out of nowhere, everything changed. In a matter of minutes, the summer’s sunlight was snuffed out by a winter sky filled with dark looming clouds, and then deafening thunder clasps and violent flashes of lightning, and bone chilling rains.

I know it might seem like I’m exaggerating for effect, but that is exactly how I felt as it went down. My smile faded as the tears slid down my frowning face, and dripped onto the gray shirt below it.

I’m not writing this message for sympathy. I don’t need to be cheered up. Due to the nature of my life and calling, and the extreme ups and downs this life brings, I’ve learned to navigate the stormy seas. I’ve even sailed straight into a few perfect storms… and miraculously survived them. Thanks to God.

Do you sometimes live in real life too?

Of course you do, because everyone lives in real life. The harder you aim to make a difference, the more often you are away from the peaceful harbor, the more often you will navigate the storms.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” -William G.T Shedd 1820-1897

Surviving your perfect storms…

Psalm 27:4-5 says, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

There are times in life, when God is the only one who can really help. Sometimes, you are so thoroughly battered from a storm… that sympathetic people only make it worse by trying to help. Just like with Job… and how he called his three friends, “miserable physicians” when they lent him words of comfort and explanation.

God is always reliable. When we cannot make it out of something alive without him, He is always right there for us. For in the time of trouble HE SHALL HIDE [US] IN HIS PAVILION.

But we have let Him hide us. We have cease from the battle and stop negotiating… and we have to flee away, like a bird, to the safety of His pavilion.

It sounds so simple, but it’s not, because most people have a manic snap in perfect storms… and they refuse to let go. They flap their wings and fight for their lives… until they burn out the last of their life’s energies.

So in the future, should you find yourself sometime, far away from the harbor and sailing into a storm so enormous, you lose all hope for making it out alive… read this message, search for the Lord’s secret pavilion, climb into it and WAIT… until the storm has passed.

And that is the secret to surviving a perfect storm!

Here is a great song for todays message: Desperation Band, Overcome

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I just finished praying for you this morning. Have a most triumphant day!

With much love…

Chuck Balsamo

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5 thoughts on “Surviving Your Perfect Storms…

  1. Great reminder. God has given me/us many days , some sunny and some stormy but if I stay in the right place, frame of mind and heart I can survive and celebrate in the day the Lord has made.

    Thnaks Chuck for this and the prayers and you are all in my prayers too.

    • Very true Marty, and even if sometimes the celebration is more quiet and internal. We have to maintain that inner trust and gratefulness… that God can be trusted every day. Love you bud. Have a good Thursday!

  2. I was just studying in the same vein but in a different verse. I was studying in Exodus 33: 22-23 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

    Exd 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

    What God was showing me was even though I may seek his face, his presence, I may wonder at times “am I alone?”, He is showing me NO, Im not! There is some storms in life that is so tough, that I may need to totally depend on Him alone for every breath of life to keep on keeping on and its in these times that HE places me up on the cleft of the rock, and COVERS me with HIS hand. I don’t see his face but his back because HE is always in front of me. It may appear dark but its only because I am in HIS SHADOW.

    • Vickie, I gain revelation from God, about God, my life, this universe, and the spiritual side of things… every time I read something you’ve written. I’m a huge fan of your love for your family, your love for God, and your passion for creativity. The message you’ve posted on this blog is POWERFUL and the perfect addition to my message. Well written, to the point, and full of God’s love. Thank you. 🙂

      • Awl, Thank YOU! Pastor Chuck! I got to read some of your book to mom today and for that I also thank you! It’s such an amazing book! So inspiring, so encouraging and I honestly kept getting goosebumps as I was reading it to mom.