They weren’t the record-breaking, biggest ones. They were more of a little above average. But they were mine, the ones I experienced. I’m referring to some pretty big storms I’ve lived through. I’ve driven through a category 2 hurricane, maybe a 3. I’ve stood on my back porch (stupidly I add) and watched a tornado head to the apartment – just to watch it jump my building and shred trees nearby. I’ve walked to work in a blizzard dumping 21 inches of snow. And I stood in wind that literally swept me off my feet.
And I’ve also seen myself through some huge non-nature driven storms. Miscarriage of our first child. Car wreck fatality of a dear friend. Loss of parent. Unemployment. Target of an assault. Hit and run victim. Job termination. And more.
I’ve been through blackouts, gas shortages, financial stress, and now, a tough time to find toilet paper.
And this doesn’t count all the big church storms I’ve faced while on staff . I’d rather go back to the hurricane.
This isn’t to brag – or to make this a “woe is me” moment. It’s just to let you know in each case – God got me through it.
I believe …
- We live in a broken world and life can get tough.
- We face spiritual warfare for enemies of God or our enemies too.
- We make bad choices with bad consequences (like watching a twister approach and not duck and covering.)
- Life’s hard, relationships don’t always work, and … I know sound Whitney.
Today a new movie hits the screens – I Still Believe. A moving biopic of Jeremy Camp and his storms. But more, the story of his and my God.
I still believe we can get through it. I am secure. But … our security is not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us.
And that’s how I get through the storm.
And you can too!
I still believe in Your faithfulness
I still believe in Your truth
I still believe in Your holy word
Even when I don’t see, I still believe … words by Jeremy Camp